Simplicity 2828 child’s dress – pattern review

Simplicity 2828

Finished the dress I started making for Kezia a few weeks back from some of the fabric I brought back from India.

This is a dark purple cotton which has pretty green/ reddish/ gold coloured spots woven in to the fabric. It is lovely fabric which cost me around £1 to buy, and I probably have enough to make another child’s dress. I lined it with a very fine purple cotton I had lying around in my stash. So it cost virtually nothing to make this dress (you got to love that!)

Simplicity 2828 line drawings

Pattern review

Pattern Description:

This is a Project Runway Pattern for a child’s dress, jumper, jacket or vest and hat.

I made the dress with the sweetheart neckline.

Pattern Sizing:

Size A, 3 – 8

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes I think so.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Yes. Fairly. But I did deviate slightly from the pattern (see below).

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

This is a really nice, simple style. A simple bodice with an A-line skirt with pleats. But you can vary the pattern in so many ways. I would like to  make the jacket and hat sometime…if I ever get round to it!

Fabric Used:

A cotton with woven spots in the design that I bought for virtually nothing in India. I used a very fine cotton to fully line the dress that I had lying around in my stash.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

I fully lined the dress. I understitched the lining part of the bodice. I mainly used french seams throughout, and a hong kong finish at the zipper opening. I also put tucks in to the front of the bodice, just for a little bit of variety.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I probably won’t make this dress again, but would recommend it to others.


Simple dress, great style.

Simplicity 2828
Simplicity 2828 – close up of tucks
Simplicity 2828 – I don’t know where she learned to pose for photos from….
Simplicity 2828
Simplicity 2828 – rear view

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By day I work in the exciting world of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, registering medicines (!), but by night I turn in to a sewing diva, making all manner of clothes in my beautiful sewing space (which you can tour using the link at the top of this blog). I love how sewing and sewing clothes that fit my curvy body continually challenges me. I enjoy working with all different types of fabric, and whilst I don't like to put restrictions on myself and say I won't buy RTW, the truth is that I probably rarely do buy it, preferring the fit of my own me-made clothes. I love to use natural fibres where ever possible and colourful coats are an obsession of mine! Sewing is both my addiction and my therapy. You can contact me at

8 thoughts on “Simplicity 2828 child’s dress – pattern review

  1. Cute Dresses!! And she is stunning and full of personality! Sombody bettr tell Padma that her job is seriously on the line!!! (LOL!)

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