The beauty and versatility of this pattern and fabric combination really speaks for itself. Annabel chose this lovely blue chambray with aptly named ‘prancing ponies,’ and paired it with the Ikatee Marieke sleeveless playsuit with shoulder ruffles.
This is a new to me pattern company: The French pattern brand Ikatee which have some wonderfully stylish options for kids and adults alike. Sewalicious stock a vast range of the children’s patterns. The Marieke comes with a whopping 15 variations on this single pattern as standard. This is before you begin to imagine the endless possibilities for customization. Combine this with the amount of options available, and the fact that it is for 3-12 years old; it really represents excellent value for money.
I used buttons from one of my sons old school shirts that was beyond repair or donation. (Extra points for sewstainability?!) On the waistband I added a large daisy button from my stash, which really makes this a garment to suit Annabel’s personality. This is in place of the optional drawstring, which is purely decorative, and not functional.
The chambray is lovely and soft for childrens clothes. It has a nice balance between being stable enough to be a dream to cut and sew (therefore ideal for beginners to use) and has enough drape and movement for summer garments. It will lend itself well to tops, skirts, dresses and jumpsuits.
This pattern cannot be faulted for its drafting and sheer style. However, I feel that this was a stretch too far for someone at my sewing level. I have been sewing for nearly 18 months and would put myself at an advanced beginner (early intermediate if I’m being generous). I have a good knowledge of the basics, which are now more intuitive, and need less in the way of handholding from instructions. However, I have never sewn a ‘big 4’ pattern, therefore I am used to quite extensive instructions/diagrams especially when learning new techniques.
This pattern (which I didn’t notice at the time) is categorised as intermediate-difficult which I would definitely agree with! Someone with more advanced sewing skills probably wouldn’t struggle as much as I did.
Some of the wording was confusing for me, and the illustrations quite difficult to interpret. All things considered though, it was nice to have a real ‘go slow’ project, which pushed me to learn new skills.
Was it worth it? Absolutely! Annabel loves the playsuit and I think she looks lovely in it. We just need some more sun now!