I had high hopes for the pattern--after all, if so many posters "LOVED IT" and called it the "BEST PATTERN EH-VAH!" why wouldn't I. Sadly, I was quite disappointed. So, let's talk about this pattern--the good and the bad. What pattern is it you ask? The Blondie by Brownie-Goose.
On a positive note to begin with, the end result is super cute and LA looks adorable in it (even if she is the MOST difficult model lately--standing still? Not happening!!).
I hate to give negative reviews, but I call 'em like I see 'em and I appreciate when other bloggers give their honest opinions and experiences with patterns. So, here goes...
To begin with, the pattern designer does not include a sizing chart so you are left to your own "guess" as to what size to make. LA wears a size 3-4. Since my sizing choices were 2/3 or 4/5, I went with the smaller of the two and thank goodness I did! It is definitely NOT a size 2! It is frustrating to me when sizing charts are not included since there is no "true to size" measurements anymore.
I was surprised to discover that the designer did not enclose the raw edge of the body into the collar. So...more time was spent figuring out where to sew/not sew to encase the seam. Sewing it as instructed would have left a raw edge exposed at the arms which would be very unsightly...not to mention, isn't being able to eliminate all exposed seams one of the benefits of the round yoke style?
So here's the thing. The end result is pretty darn cute (especially thanks to my friend Kam who did the embroidery!!), but the pattern needed too many modifications. There are so many round yoke patterns out there, so no need to settle for one that requires so much extra work. If I had to do it over again, I would buy this Creations by Michie pattern instead.