I love a good pattern test and I can honestly say all of the ones I have been lucky enough to do have been great. I have done a couple of Heidi and Finn pattern tests before and have also bought a variety of their patterns - they are a great mix of stylish but still young and comfortable.
This latest pattern (to be released next week I think) is the Chevron Dress - and here is my version:
The dress is knit dress with a lined bodice and a different take on a tiered skirt. There is an elastic waist for definition at the meet of the bodice and skirt. The skirt is constructed as four panels which are then sewn together. I love the chevron look at the front and the zig-zag hem.
The other versions I have seen of this dress so far are I think mostly from northern hemisphere testers and so they are summery, floaty jersey versions. I decided to go for a winter party dress version as it's colder than a cold thing here at the moment and I wanted her to wear it now. I plan to make a long sleeved version of the skinny flashback to go underneath this from the dark plain blue fabric.
I have very little to say about this pattern in some ways, because it's just good. I love the skirt, I love that the bodice is fully lined and the construction was straightforward and the instructions clear. My only complaint was my choice of fabric (slippery beyond belief). I coped but if you pick a nicer fabric this would be a nice quick sew, whereas mine was a wrangly still pretty quick sew.
The small person seems to like this dress a lot, which is great as it's not pink :) I think the sequinned layer helped with that, as her eyes nearly popped out of her head when she saw it. The dress seems very on trend to me, a little Gatsby and really nice for winter parties.
Apparently it's hilarious having your picture taken too :)