it only took 2+ weeks (i had a lot of distractions, k), but i’m finally done! yay!
Pattern Description: slightly flared dress, mid-knee, has princess seams, very loose-fitting bodice with yokes, forming cap sleeves, above waist midriff and left side zipper closure.
Pattern Sizing: sizes 8-24, i cut a straight 10.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? for the most part, although my neckline doesn’t lay as nice as the model’s. and i think my sleeves are a little, uh, “cappier” than hers. hahahahaha cappier.
Were the instructions easy to follow? very very easy!
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? i love the inside detailing – the entire dress, save for the facings (which are hand slipstitched), is sewn in french seams. even the zipper is bound! i think it makes the dress look very crisp and clean on the inside. as for the outside, i just love the shape – i think the gathering is very flattering and i love the neckline. wish the sleeves were a little shorter, though. i guess i can fix that later.
Fabric Used: some super lightweight, imported (from… italy? i don’t remember) cotton. that’s it! no lining!
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: i actually didn’t make any to this dress – just sewed it as instructed by the pattern. the top was loose enough so that i did not have to make a FBA, although i am wearing it a size or so smaller than the envelope suggests. i may end up taking in the sleeves a tiny bit as i think they extend too far over my shoulders, and i feel like i need to take the shoulders in too since they feel a little big.
Would you sew it again? probably not, just because i have sooo many patterns i need to sludge through. i do recommend it, though!
Conclusion: LOVE how this turned out. love the inside detailing and i think the pattern was very well drafted and the instructions are clear and concise. but do wear a tank top underneath it – it is a LOT more loose than appears on the envelope, and you are just a bend away from a wardrobe malfunction, jfc.
OT: i bought a new table for my sewing room – the ikea “norden” (and yes, i drove 4+ hours to atlanta since we don’t have an ikea in nashville). it is very close to perfect – a little low, but i will probably just throw it on casters. i like that it has drawers. i never have enough room for all my crap, no matter how organized i pretend to be.
oh, and yes… my dressform is wearing a bra. her name is dolly.