Finished up this one yesterday and plan to wear it tomorrow. 🙂 I usually go for solid fabrics, but this was kind of a fun, funky print for a change.
Here’s my pattern review:
Pattern Description: Dress has fitted bias front bodice with cowl neckline, single layer overlay (wrong side of fabric shows) with tucks, invisible back zipper and baby narrow hems.
Pattern Sizing: 6-14, According to the pattern measurements I needed a 16, so ended up making some adjustments.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, it’s very cute.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, they were easy enough. Other reviewers mentioned that it was difficult to sew the waistline seam without catching the front drape tucks. To avoid this problem I sewed only the two bottom tucks before doing the waistline seam, then sewed as much as possible of the top tuck.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? It doesn’t seem like the front overlay was well thought out, as it really is impossible to completely sew the top tuck once the waistband seam is completed. Next time I may try gathering that section, rather than doing tucks.
I’m so glad another reviewer mentioned that even though the back is low, you can wear a regular bra with this dress. (I had been prepared to redraft the back and make it a little higher.)
I also like the draped neckline, it’s pretty and easy to wear.
It’s also nice that this pattern walks you through how to make clean finished seams on the inside. An inexperienced seamstress can learn a lot by following these steps. However, since I have a serger, I opted for that quicker method of clean finishing.
Fabric Used: A rayon challis from Jo-Ann’s.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I added 3 inches to the length of the skirt as I’m tall and the proportions just seemed like they’d be off for my height.
After looking at the finished garment measurements and comparing them to my actual measurements, I added half an inch to each of the bodice side seams and the top of the skirt side seams.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I don’t know how many dresses I need in this style, but if the right fabric came along I might be persuaded to make it again. 🙂
Conclusion: A demure, yet flirty dress that works up quickly. The only tricky area is the front overlay with its tucks.