I just love Sofilantjes patterns. They are absolutely adorable, functional, and always in style. The instructions are so thorough so that I never have to wonder what I should be doing at any step in the process. I recently got the opportunity to test out Sofilantjes' newest pattern, the Foras Dress, and I made 3 dresses in testing! This is a dress with multiple sleeve lengths for any season and the option of a gathered skirt or a circle skirt. The size range goes from 12 months to 14 years. And, pockets. BIG pockets with beautiful color blocking.
The first Foras Dress I want to show you is the gathered skirt option and was made with cotton lycra. The print is from Jaded Threads and the solids are from Made Whimsy. I love Made Whimsy solids! They are such a nice weight and stay soft. The grape was 75 inches wide, which means I got an entire size 10 gathered skirt out of only half of a yard! The pink can be found here and the grape here.
This is such a fun dress. Abby's new hobby lately has been roller skating. She is so cute and does not get discouraged by falling. She said her roller skates are "vintage" and wanted to wear them for photos with her dress. The colors in her dress show perfectly all the joy this child has!
Next up is a circle skirt in the Mia double brushed polyester from Knitpop. I just love this dress on Abby and how beautiful the drape is on the circle skirt. The twirl factor on the circle skirt definitely met her seal of approval. I think she twirled during this photo session until she was dizzy!
Knitpop currently has an entire section of double brushed poly florals marked down to $6.50 a yard. There are so many just like this one that I have my eye on! They make the perfect spring dresses.
Abby told me this is her favorite dress and will be wearing it to a wedding that we will be attending in April. I can see why she loves it so much. I may just need a dress with the side details like the Foras has. It is so flattering!
Last but not least is the first dress that I made in testing. It is a 3/4 length sleeve dress with a gathered skirt in a cotton lycra. After this dress, I knew I needed to stick to making short sleeved dresses because it is already warming up here in Texas. The main print on this dress is from Wherehouse Fabrics in Dallas. The penguins in her pockets are Riley Blake and can be found here. The black solid is from Made Whimsy.
Details. It is the details that really make a difference in a pattern to me. The lines, the shape. The attention to how what we wear can make us feel special. I hope that in sewing for my little ones they always feel special. Thanks for such a great pattern, Anne!
You can grab a copy of the Foras pattern in English here. The pattern is also available in French and Dutch.
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