Smilla includes two lengths: top and dress. And with three sleeve variants it’s perfect for all seasons. There are two variants for the bodice where one is specifically adapted to be sleeveless and the other is meant for long sleeves and cap sleeves. Both front bodices can also be sewn with a curved or straight lower line.
The neckline is finished with a binding or neckband.
The skirt can be gathered or sewn with pleats: two on the front and two on the back. For the skirt with dress length you can also sew side seam pockets.
Fabric: Light to medium weight knit fabrics, such as jersey (cotton/lycra). Choose a fabric with at least 30% stretch (use the stretch guide in the pattern).
This is an estimate for fabrics that haven’t been prewashed/preshrunk, with 150 cm (60”) width. If your fabric will shrink in the wash, add extra. (We recommend to wash the fabric before sewing). If you have patterned fabric and want to pattern match you also need to add extra. If you’re buying new fabrics for your project, we recommend that you add 20-30 cm (8-12”) just in case.
Fabric for the band/binding for the neckline and armscye is not included.
Useful tools: Binder, fabric scissors or rotary cutter and cutting mat, pins or clips, textile glue.
Sewing machine with a jersey or stretch needle or other appropriate for your fabric.
Choose size based on the child’s measurements. Smilla has a close, but not tight fit: 0 cm ease in chest width, which is why you need to use a fabric with at least 30% stretch. Use the stretch guide in the pattern to evaluate your fabric.
The length is measured from the shoulder down to the hemline on a Smilla with a straight front bodice. If you sew the curved front bodice, note that it will be 2,5-3,5 cm (1 - 1 3/8”) shorter in center front.
There are no pattern hacks for Smilla on our blog - yet!
However, don't miss our collection of pictures from the pattern test:
With the included Sewing Instructions you receive help from start to finish. It’s a solid and detailed description of each step in the making of this garment. It includes clear pictures, explanatory text and tips that will give the garment a professional look.
If you are new to some of the sewing techniques this is an excellent opportunity for you to develop your sewing skills. Consider our patterns your sewing school.
The tutorial also includes a size chart and a fabric requirements chart. Measurements are provided in both the metric and imperial system.