Summer holiday is almost here (at least for us) …
We still have a few working days ahead of us, but within a few days, we’ll be enjoying a couple of weeks as a family making the most of these days together 🙂
So, I’ve been busy sewing a few extra things that are “truly necessary” when packing for a summer holiday: sundresses, tops and shorts have been taking most of my sewing time (ops, nights).
Recently, Children’s Corner released a new sundress pattern – Katina – and I knew this would be a perfect addition to my current list. It arrived a few days ago and I couldn’t wait to start sewing it 🙂
The Katina is an improved version of a previous Children’s Corner pattern – a smocked full skirted sundress. While the older version was lovely, my smocking skills are still a bit “wonky”, so the new pattern which also includes a gathered version and that was exactly what I was looking for.
Although Katina is rated as expert level, I assume that refers to the smocked version, because the gathered version was rather simple to sew.
The pattern includes pattern pieces for the yokes and straps and measurements for cutting the skirt. There’s no zippers and no buttonholes, so I just needed to take some time to add the piping and gather the skirt panels. The construction was quite simple and effective.
My eyes were set on the rather vibrant Wiltshire print from Liberty (after labeling my last choice as “fall only”, my girl was truly pleased with my option), but I hesitated a bit because I didn’t have enough yardage to make the skirt panels as full as the pattern instructs (I was about 3 inches short).
I’m not sure if the pictures make justice to this Liberty print (another eBay auction), but it looks rather lovely in real life (and it’s perfect for climbing trees …).
The last sundress I made her, was worn for 3 years – starting as a dress and ending as a top, and to be honest I hope this will last her as longer 🙂
I love everything about it and I can’t wait to make a smocked version.
Yes, it will take me some time, but I will do it for sure. The smocked instructions included in the pattern look rather comprehensive and I’m confident I’ll be able to follow them.
Seriously, what’s not to love about sundresses?
xx Ana Sofia