I found this fun jungle panel from Alexander Henry, c. 2009 at my local Jo-Ann, of all places, in the red tag area last week. It was just too fun to pass up, and I had the perfect pattern in mind for it.
I used Sew Like My Mom’s Busy Lizzy Top and Dress pattern. Quick and easy to sew, but with some fabulous detail, the Busy Lizzy is a great pattern, and a perfect staple in your little-girl wardrobe.
The pattern is for a top or a dress. I went with a dress. But I made a size too big for Ivy, wanting her to wear it as long as possible. To work around the too-long length until she grows into it, I folded the hem up and under, and did a quick blind-hem type stitch to keep things in place, and give a bubble-skirt look to the whole thing. Love the look, and love that the dress will easily grow with my daughter. I just have a few stitches to unpick when she is taller, and she’ll have a sweet dress that fits her for a long time.
Other than my minor, temporary modification, I kept the dress on pattern. There are even little in-seam pockets you can kind of see, which Ivy loves. I love the puffy sleeves (there are also long-sleeve and sleeveless options in the pattern), with the binding around the hem.
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And I hope you do. Melissa, of Sew Like My Mom is awesome, and designs great stuff in addition to raising four sweet kids. She’s so awesome, that a bunch of us decided we wanted to treat her with a surprise pattern tour. Click through the links to see the other stops on our surprise tour, and grab a pattern or two along the way!