PDF Sewing pattern designer Little Lizard King (LLK) is at it again... this time, with the Road Trip Racerback, designed by my "sew sister", Cassie, for LLK. The Road Trip Racerback (RTR) is a knit, racerback bodice with a top, tunic, dress or maxi-length woven (or knit) skirt.
- The RTR includes sizes 12m-14y. (I LOVE that this pattern will last me for many years, to come! I hate buying a pattern for a limited size range).
- The RTR pattern includes a size and finished measurements, cutting and fabric requirement chart.
- In addition to a top, tunic, dress and maxi-lengths, the RTR also includes an option (and measurements) to do a strip work maxi dress option. (Lots of bang for your buck!)
- The RTR pattern also includes an option to us a store-bought T (directions, included).
- The RTR pattern pieces print out on four pieces of paper- the rest are all measurements. (Have I ever told you how much I love a pattern with minimal paper to print, tape and cut?!)
- The RTR pattern includes an option to do a flutter sleeve. (Because, really, what little girl WOULDN'T want a way to make her dress fancier?! ;-)
- While the bodice of the RTR must be in knit, the skirt can be made of either knit or woven materials. (Great for using what you have in your stash!)
Lil' Missy needed a fun Fourth of July dress and I immediately thought the RTR would be the perfect summer dress pattern! I sewed up a size six dress. I used a knit bodice and a woven skirt. I did not do a flutter sleeve. Though, in retrospect, I'm sure my little Fancy Nancy would have loved it! Next time, next time...!
My solid red cotton lycra came from my favorite online place to get knit solids, the lovely Purpleseamstress Fabrics. The woven red, white and blue stars are by Spring Creative, bought locally at Hancock Fabrics.
The RTRwas a quick sew! Between breaks, going back to the grocery store (for the third time, this weekend) for something I bought and then proceeded to forget at the check out line (ahhh!), I probably completed the RTR in about two hours cut to finish. Using a store-bought tee would definitely make the dress even quicker!! Love that in a pattern!
I found the RTRto have a good fit in the front bodice. It hugged the torso without being too tight. The back was a touch roomy, but nothing that some minor adjustments (ie, grading down the back, width-wise) wouldn't solve! The shoulders sit nicely and aren't so super-skinny that they'd be banned from school dress code (Yay! We're gonna need some nice, Kindy-appropriate dresses for the fall!). The dress length fell right below the knees.