The latest design from Sofilantjes is the Solis Dress, and it is PERFECT for summer weather. The PDF Pattern makes a knit fabric dress (or tunic) with a racerback tank top. It is a very unique design! And it is easy to make if you have experience with knit fabrics – if you dont, then just take your time, and ask for help HERE.
The skirt can be made with pleats or as a full circle. Just so you know, the full skirt version makes a super twirl skirt! It can be a dress or a tunic. And it has inseam POCKETS. I think every garment should have pockets!
The Solis pattern is offered in sizes 12 months to 14 years.
I made a size 6 pleated dress for my girl. It is very fitted, and fit her perfectly. I suggest measuring your girl to get the fit right. And be careful sizing up too much because the cut of this top needs to fit. As with all Sofilantjes patterns, the measurements are spot on.
Another suggestion is to use knit fabric that is less than 50% stretch – really you should use about 30% stretch. This is because of the fit and underarm cut. You dont want this saggy. So pick a sturdy knit fabric. I used a tight cotton/spandex flowered knit and a cotton pink knit purchased from Jo-ann. The pattern has the option of adding clear elastic to the neckline. I didnt have any, and am not particularly skilled at using clear elastic, so I omitted it. And since my outer knit fabric had good recovery to it, I didnt need it.
The pattern meets the typical high quality expected from Sofilantjes – see my other garments HERE, HERE, and HERE. There are line drawings, printing in layers, clear & concise instructions, measurements and fabric charts, a summary of steps at the end, and TONS of example photos from her testers.