It’s not actually easy for me to post about Children’s Corner pattern without sounding too repeating. I’ve posted about so many already ❤
Children’s Corner patterns have been my favorites ever since they I learned about them (long long ago) and since then I’ve become an avid collector – I picked several from eBay sales and a stock-off from a (now closed) online store. The, I discovered my way into their online store and I can honestly say that I’m the proud owner of most of their currently available patterns. Unfortunately due to time restrictions (lol) I still need to sew almost half of them – I’ll be (sewing) busy for long …
Recently, Children’s Corner updated its portfolio with 2 brand new patterns – Nora knit dress (already posted) and Allie, dress and blouse, both including a new size range – up to 14 years, while keeping all the things I already knew and loved from the previous patterns: detailed step-by-step instructions, unnested pattern pieces (no need to tracing each pattern) and a great fit (always spot on for my girl).
The Allie dress and blouse is hands-down my favorite (you may remember the Nora’s was/is my girl’s), especially the dress option. I was lucky to get a fabric bundle from the lovely Emily and didn’t even think twice: it was perfect for the Allie dress, a classic shirt-dress with an elastic casing at the waist in a contrasting fabric (although I loved the Liberty Emily’s picked, but girl had other plans for it, so I used another Liberty fat-quarter from my stash).
While featuring a classic dress style, this dress is actually very comfy to wear and perfect for getting dressed in the morning – it buttons up the front!
This style includes 2 sleeve lengths – short and long, both with a ruffle, which I omitted by my girl’s request for this version and also 2 collar styles – pointed and peter pan.
I love the way the waistband casing allows us to play with our favorite prints.
While my girl was not too keen on the dress version (she’s going through a non-dress phase, which I’m hoping it’s temporary), she was definitely smitten by the blouse version – ruffled sleeves and peter pan collar, included.
Plus, it’s pink (which is usually a big-no in her current list) but it does fit her so well.
(note: The pink pinafore is a tunic turned dress from a Japanese sewing book made in light denim).
Sorry about the mobile photo above – my camera charger is currently missing in action.
Oddly, both versions were quite easy to sew courtesy of the detailed and clever instructions – despite the buttonholes, and the final results were very professional.
Surely I’m not alone, thinking the Allie is the perfect excuse for starting back-to-school sewing?
XX Ana Sofia
Pattern: Allie’s Dress and Blouse by Children’s Corner | Paper pattern
Size made: size 8 (pattern sizes range from 1 to 14 years)
Difficulty level: Moderate
Fabrics used: Chambray and Liberty tana lawn