I would not recommend this Favorite Things “Little Prairie Girl” pattern (information on pattern and fabric here) for a beginner sewer, it presumes the sewer is experienced, but Advanced beginners and up should do just fine. I definitely prefer the detailed diagrams and clear instructions in the Amy Butler and Sew Liberated patterns. There is no cutting diagram with this pattern. It makes me nervous when working with expensive fabric to just ‘sew by the seat of my pants’, ha ha.
Admittedly, I was lazy when it came to securing the inside facing to the shoulder seams and opted to “stitch in the ditch” rather than hand sew it. This was my first time “stiching in the ditch” and it was surprisingly easy and not at all noticeable unless you look really closely; I will definitely do this when I make mine.
R. was on the edge of the measurements for the 5/6, so I actually made the 7/8, which fits her pretty well and leaves plenty of room for her to grow into it. Fortunately, the tie in the back helps to make it fit her tiny frame now.
I am dreaming of making her the dress with slip version in one of Anna Maria Horner’s “girly” cotton voiles…if only she still loved to wear dresses!