My 19 month old daughter and I just tested the lily tunic by Frocks & Frolics. It is a fitted A-line tunic with darling box pleats in the front. It has options for two necklines and three lengths for making a top, tunic or dress.
For the first version, we used a cotton poly blend and sewed up a size 2-3 dress length with a lower neckline. This size is obviously a little too big on her, but it looks like we’ll still get a lot of use from it this winter by layering it with a full sleeve shirt inside and probably next summer too, those armholes are quite big.
With the lower neckline, there is the option of skipping the closure which is what I did and it slips right over her head quite easily. The neck and arm holes are finished using interfaced facings, which makes for a neat finish. I liked all her instructions for seam finishes like understitching the seam allowance especially around the neckline where there is all the fabric from the pleats.
Additionally, the pattern comes with a lot of tips on how to embellish the dress with buttons, fabric flowers or lace. So for my next version, I went down a size and made a size 1-2 in a hip length tunic.
I love this top on her, the color, lace fit everything!! This was made out of her dad’s old shirt.
Button and elastic loop closure in the back.
She had fun posing for all the pictures 🙂
The tunic uses very little fabric so I ended up making another one from half a yard of Art gallery fabric that I ordered from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.
These pictures were taken right outside our house, when it was starting to get dark and I am still learning how to process and edit photos for the blog so even though it doesn’t show properly, the buttons and the ric rac are actually baby pink and not white.
Marina’s instructions for adding the closure are really good, I am very happy with how neat it looks. This tunic is not a straight A-line, it’s a little fitted and curves in near the waist.
In getting her fall wardrobe ready, I might have to make a few more in corduroy or denim to layer over full sleeves. Overall I like how quickly this pattern sews up and how cute the result is 🙂 Now to make some more!!
You can get the Lily pattern from the Frocks & Frolics Etsy store.