It just looks so comfy. There is a lovely amount of flare. It's long enough to let you climb trees and build a tree house, kick a soccer ball, and go for a scooter ride. The perfect dress for a girl who likes to wear dresses, but also likes adventure.
Design by Call Ajaire's Crossroads Dress
Oh yeah ... It also has an awesome bodice. Check it out!
A groovy cross on the front with raised inverted french seams.
The first version I made of this cross-version had the fabrics reversed. That was a bit nuts. It was doing my head in trying to match the stripes all the way down the front, and match the points. So she tolerates this version. Apparently pink dinosaurs aren't her thing, and she much prefers the stripes.
The pattern comes in 4 lengths - top, tunic, dress and maxi dress. I was aiming for a maxi, but was a little short on fabric, so it's still on the 'to sew' list. There are also 4 sleeve options - sleeveless, short, elbow and long.
There's even more options, as the pattern also includes a solid front. I have to say that it is a super quick sew. The Crossroads version took me two hours, and the solid one is breathtakingly quick!
The neckline is bound (as are the armholes on the sleeveless version). The technique is a little different to adding a collar. But no more difficult, and the result is beautiful. And Ajaire has even put together a video to walk you through the process.
The pattern is designed to be sewn in cotton lycra. Thankfully it's getting easier to find this fabric in Australia. I even managed to find those lovely stripes on the clearance table at Spotlight. Other sources I've found include clothes on clearance at Kmart, and dresses and tops at the op shop. It's amazing where you can find fabric!
With all the sleeve and length options, this is a wardrobe staple. We're finding it a great transitional
If you don't believe how amazing the dress is, there is the opportunity to pick up a copy of the solid dress (view G) for free! Just signup to Call Ajaire's newsletter to get access to your copy (here's a link http://www.callajaire.com/blog).
To grab the full pattern (all the lengths and the Crossroads bodice), head over to the Designs by Call Ajaire store. The pattern is on sale for release, so grab it quick!