KCW: first day dress by MADE

I’ve been eyeing MADE’s First Day Dress pattern since Dana first posted about it earlier in the year. I probably (definitely) didn’t need to add another pattern to my collection, but this one is so cute and – in the swing dress view – has excellent twirl factor. Elena’s all about twirling at the moment, so I knew this one would be right up her ally.

The pattern provides a number of variations – a-line dress and top, peplum top, swing dress, sleeves and no sleeves, lined and unlined. You can mix it up as you like. The pattern runs from size 2-10.

butterfly dress

As I usually do before committing to a pattern, I was reading reviews of the pattern and checking out what others had done with it and I noticed a few comments about the dresses being slim fitting and perhaps a bit on the small side. I had been planning to make Elena a lined swing dress first up – and then completely chickened out. It is a lot of work to get wrong.

sleeve lining detailI decided to make up an a-line version in a cotton fabric I am not particularly attached to – just to see how the fit worked out. I made a lined size 3 with sleeves. I used a coordinating hair elastic for the button loop instead of elastic cord. The lining is pink poplin. The whole thing’s pretty bright and happy.

button closure first day dress made

It was a challenging project with attaching the lining neatly giving me the most grief. Precision is the name of the game with this dress. I messed up more times than I can count. I’m going to try a different technique for the back opening next time – I feel like the one on this dress is too wide.

In the end it all worked out well though, and I learned a lot about the way the pattern comes together. Elena’s very happy with the dress and it fits her beautifully.

first day dress made

After all that, I’ve now got the courage to try a swing version!

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4 Responses to KCW: first day dress by MADE

  1. Bron says:

    It’s adorable Ruth – well done.

  2. Jenya says:

    This version looks gorgeous! A bright happy dress instead. Looking forward to a swing version!

  3. Tash says:

    Wow – looks fantastic Ruth!! Love it… inspiring me to try sewing a little dress for Sofia 😉

  4. Laura says:

    The grin says it all!

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