Sewing Pattern Review: Ladies' Caroline Dress

Hi everyone! I am Michelle and I blog about sewing, and life with kids (and occasionally about woodworking, Gluten-free food, and crafts) over at Falafel and the Bee. I am super excited to be a part of the UpCraft Club team!

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Today I am sharing my thoughts on the Ladies' Caroline Dress that I made for my 15 year old daughter. I sewed up a size 6 for her, even though she measured between 4-6. As you can see, she has a little room to grow in it. Which she will. And does. I wanted her to be able wear this for more than a month (the norm for her lately). The measurements in the pattern are spot on, though, so stick to yours (if you are done growing).

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She chose this orange fabric from my stash, and all I could think of was Orange Audrey Hepburn (sometimes I really have no idea). Since my daughter loves old movies, she embraced the idea, fully.

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Pattern details:
  • Several variations included. Long sleeves, short sleeves, no sleeves, with or without collar, with or without pockets, shirt, dress, or long dress. That is a lot of options.
  • It is for sizes 0-22! That is a lot of sizes.
  • There are a wide variety of suggested fabrics, and the pattern is for wovens, but you can also use knit with a few minor adjustments.
  • Invisible Zip closure.
  • Also included is a FBA (full bust adjustment) tutorial.
  • Lots of helpful hints and tips
  • Basically, full of awesome.
What I changed:
  • I added piping in the seams of the side bodice pieces. I thought it broke up the orange a bit, and connected it to the bold design on the skirt portion of the dress, nicely. Super easy way to add a fun detail.
  • I also pointed the rounded collar. I wanted to mimic the chevron points, so all I did was extend the lines of the curve down into a point. 

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I made a white fabric belt as well. There is a link for a tutorial on the Mouse House Creations blog to make your very own belt, included in the pattern. It is optional, though. The dress is quite lovely without it, too.

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This pattern is consistent with the other Mouse House Creations patterns I have sewn. I LOVE the attention to detail, and humor ("hello kitty cat!"), and the clearly written instructions. There are even instructions to walk you through installing the invisible zip with a lining! And the most fabulous thing for a visual learner like me, is the detailed photos.

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Did I mention the pockets??! I almost forgot they were there. The pattern also walks you through inserting inseam pockets. I used this fantastic Heather Ross fabric that I have been hoarding *ahem* saving.

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I know this is going to sound silly, but a highlight for me is when the pattern pieces fit on my counter top (that is where I tape them together) with minimal pieces and minimal taping. This pattern fits that bill. Simple and well organized. That is good stuff.

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Just between us, I have had my eye on this pattern for sometime now, and I am thrilled I finally got to sew one up! It did not disappoint. And for the record, this one was worn on her first day of school last week. I'd say it passed the test of this High School Sophomore.

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September 09, 2015 by UpCraft Club
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Comments

Becca DuVal

Becca DuVal said:

My word!! I know where your daughter gets her good looks from, Michelle ;) Excellent sew for an excellent model <3

Michelle

Michelle said:

Thank you, dear Becca:)

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