Part of learning to sew knits I decided to try the Heidi and Finn Cowl neck dress pattern. I’d seen some lovely dresses on ModelMumma‘s blog, and was keen to give them a try. It’s a very basic beginners sewing pattern. This was my WIP project which I sent a picture of to DidYouMakeThat last week. It was fun trying to work out what everyone was sewing!
As a note to slightly clueless parents like myself – cowl necks catch baby drool. It’s gross, and very damp. Maybe more of a pattern for children that can walk and keep their slobber to themselves. Oh yeah, and dresses are for those that can walk.
It’s pretty cute on, and very fast to sew. Will be be a favourite? Probably not. Will it be a stash-busting childcare outfit? Definitely.
I’m a little underwhelmed by this pattern, it’s very basic, not very interesting and still the instructions to put the cowl neck in are not as clear as they could have been. The finished result is nice, but the arms were much too long and the neckline was too small (and I cut a larger size than needed) and is difficult to get over her head. This would be remedied by using a very stretchy knit, but even still I consider it to be too small. Big disclaimer here, I also had this problem with the Heidi and Finn Hoodie, so either their sizing is a bit off, or my baby has a giant melon head. Anyone else had similar issues?
Nothing too interesting, a pale pink interlock from Darn Cheap fabrics in Heidelberg, $7 per metre and this was made from the offcuts of my renfrew.
Honestly after making the Hoodie, and the Sewaholic Renfrew this has no revelations. If you have sewn a renfrew before, it might be worthwhile self-drafting a new collar in a similar shape, as a shaped cowl drapes much better than the rectangle.
I’m not in love with the pattern, but it is quick to cut out and sew which could make it a brilliant stash buster. The real win here for me is the fact I can cut out a renfrew for me, and a dress for her out of 2m of fabric. STASH BUSTER. The finish of sleeves and hems on childrens garments are really important, as kids roll up their sleeve and run about generally exposing more of the internal workings of garment than an adult. Next time I’m going to really finish those seams nicely. Hopefully by then I’ll have my grubby little mitts on my mother’s overlocker…..