|Pattern Description: Close-fitting, lined, tapered dress, neckline variations, above mid-knee or evening length, has princess seams. A, B: side zipper. B, D: side front slit. C, D: back zipper. |
I made several variations of view C.
Pattern Sizing:Available in sizes 6-18, I cut the 18 and made alterations for a full bust and derriere.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, particularly the first version I made, in a red wool crepe which is the same color as the pattern illustration for the view I chose. This was actually not intentional...
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes although they aren't particularly needed. It's a princess seamed sheath and the construction is pretty standard. The printed instructions do recommend understitching the lining which I think is an excellent call.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I made quite a few fit alterations to this pattern so the version I used is quite disimilar from the pattern as packaged. However, this very simple design provides an excellent jumping off point to create a fitted sheath. The princess seams are placed well and the neckline sits beautifully. The skirt is tapered which creates a flattering line but as drafted the pattern ends above the knee and there is no back vent or other accomdation made for movement. In a few versions I lowered the skirt to or below the knee so my movement is somewhat restricted... If you lengthen the skirt I recommend adding a vent or kickpleat.
Fabric Used: Version 1: red wool crepe, Version 2: navy and black ponte knits, Version 3: purple wool crepe, Version 4: gray poly-blend suiting. As much as it pains me to admit this, the poly is probably the best marriage of fit and fabric.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I used a slash and spread method to increase the bust and the derriere for all versions. Other alterations include:
Version 2: Lowered neckline to v-neck, cut front out of navy and sides out of black for a subtle color-blocked and/or shaping effect, added tabs with gold buttons to shoulders and waist.
Version 3: Lowered hemline to the knee, lowered neckline to a moderate scoop.
Version 4: Lowered hemline to below the knee, added low deep pockets to side panels.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Now that this pattern is altered for fit, I think this will be my go-to princess seamed sheath pattern. It's a classic design that is easy to alter and I plan on making many more of these practical, flattering dresses.