|Ahhhh, the faces today....|
Camden's last incarnation of a VFT Josephine involved THIS ensemble:
As for the pattern itself, it's super easy to understand. Directions are lovely and not tricky at all. There are a couple things to consider when doing this pattern - especially if you over-think things like I always do: One is that the collar doesn't necessarily come all the way around - like, it clearly isn't supposed to, but one should plan for how close she wants the collar to come in to the ruffle/button band. Shorten or lengthen, as needed. Also, adding the ruffle DOES obviously add bulk - which can be HIGHLY ANNOYING when doing button holes ;) Of course, right?? I was smart this time around, and I measured out carefully/did my button holes before attaching the collar so there would be no seam-thickness issues. That definitely helped, but with those ruffles, there is a sort of cavern created where the button holes go, which is not cool.
|The weight at the top is NUTS!|
|You can barely see it, but the bias tape at the collar is contrasting fabric on both dresses|
Then, speaking of the button band, the ruffles add to the weight, obviously, and the top pulls away from the blouse, which doesn't look awesome, in my humble opinion. I could add a hook and eye to help alleviate that, but eh. Guess I'm lazy ;) I tried getting that button up high enough, but it clearly didn't work out well.
|Someone tells me she can no longer smile....|
I DO wish I could think of another way to take out some of the thickness in that spot. Lastly, I'm a weirdo and like the front/back to be specified if the sleeves are created to have a difference, and it's not marked with this pattern. This likely means I should make sure to just remember which side means front and which means back.
....Anywho...all this to say I'm a fan of this pattern and think it's super cute! I didn't add the sash option, as it wouldn't look right on Camden, as she doesn't have a waist to speak of, LOL. I did do the purple version in a size 3, I believe, with added length, and I did the green version in a size 4, with added length. The fabric is Aneela Hoey, which I LOVE!! You'll see her fabric again when I complete the Whitney trousers, aha!
|I have magic tricks to get this girl to smile!|
As always, Tiberius shot or two: