Introducing the Moya dress/tunic pattern by Sew Honey Designs! This sweet dress features a unique circular yoke & concealed zip closure.
This wonderfully written PDF pattern comes with sizes 2T to 12 girls included. I would suggest the pattern is aimed at intermediate sewers as it requires a zip. Please don't let this deter you! If you decide the concealed zip is too much to handle, an exposed zip would be a delightful replacement!
I must admit, concealed/dress zips are not a closure I personally do a lot of - I prefer an invisible zip or even an exposed zip. In these circumstances I find YouTube to be an extremely useful tool. This is a great video here that shows you how to insert a zipper into a seam. I feel that I need to make a whole heap more of these dresses, so I can work on my concealed zip insertion!!
The Moya dress comes in two lengths - tunic - as shown here in the peach fabric. Then below I also made the dress version. The Moya dress in the smaller sizes had the yoke modified to fit toddler bodies better, so you may notice the dress below sits a little differently (it is the original version or version one.)
Paired with bubble shorts, the tunic version of Moya makes a delightful Spring/Summer outfit. It's gathered skirt is just right for active bodies but still gentle & feminine.
The pattern gives instructions on how to add a faux button strip - using either a ruffle or flat panel. For the tunic, I also added a little bit of lace for whimsy.
As you can see, I had a terrific time choosing fabric!! Ice-cream for summer I say! (It's still winter here, but I'm very keen!)
Aside from the zipper, the next biggest challenge would be sewing the bodice lining and main together. It is very important to watch your seams around the armholes where the dress and yoke join. It is easy for the dress to either become pinched or lose a bit of its circular yoke shape.
This zipper unfortunately pulled open a little more than I would have liked at the bodice/skirt join. I believe this is due to my ribbon embellishment.
In closing I would like to compliment Debbie from Sew Honey Designs on her unique & beautiful design. Well thought out & a delight to sew.
If you would like to find out more or purchase this pattern, please click HERE