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I’ve been wanting to make matching mommy-daughter dresses for a long time. So when I first started learning how to sew I knew that I was finally going to be able to make this wish come true. When I saw Simplicity 8146 I knew that this pattern would be perfect for making mommy-daughter dresses. And I also loved that I would also be able to make jumpsuits with this pattern.
This pattern will work with a variety of fabric choices including knits, silky types, linen types, chambrays, cotton types, and a few other materials. Since there was such a large variety of fabric options that would work for this pattern my daughter and I went to Jo-Ann to pick out our fabric. I knew that we would probably settle on something pink since we both love the color pink. And Jo-Ann did not disappoint we found a really cute pink paisley cotton fabric from the Gertie line. We also bought the elastic and buttons that we needed for this pattern and I was ready to start sewing.
Thoughts about Simplicity 8146 Pattern
This pattern was really easy to understand. The directions were really clear and easy to follow. I would say that this was the easiest pattern that I used since I started sewing. This pattern is definitely easy enough for a beginner to use. The child’s dress is a little bit different from the adult dress since the child’s dress has a ruffle at the bottom of the dress. But the ruffle is really easy to create and attach to the skirt of the child’s dress. Other than the ruffle everything else is the same. So it’s easy to sew the second dress since you are familiar with how the first dress was constructed.
I really like both of these dresses. I made my daughters using the size 4 pattern and it fits her nicely. For my dress I used the size 10 pattern (pattern sizes are a lot different from the sizes in the store) for my dress and the bodice (top portion) of the dress was a little big on me. I think next time I make a Simplicity dress or shirt I will try the size 8 and see how it fits. Even with the bodice being a little too big I still loved the dress.