|Pattern Description: |
Misses' Dress. Easy.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes! But I only used the lining pattern as I was using it as the base for my RTW contest piece, so I didn't want the side seam ruching.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I didn't really use the instructions, but yes, I'm sure they were.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked the pattern! It didn't fit me perfectly at first because i have a slight sway back and I have no hips really. I also didn't like the whole sleeve and armscye (I just found it to be too low), so I tried to alter the pattern, and I may have made the fit worse (but still wearable).
I made this dress 5 times. The first was the trial of the pattern in black acrylic sweater knit. When I adjusted for my narrow hips, sway back and armscye, I made another version in striped jersey. I, then tried to adjust sleeves and armscye again and so made a 3rd version in another acrylic sweater knit (in polkadot).
Since this dress was for my RTW contest piece, I then spliced up the pattern to replicate the original (dress that I was copying) and tested the drafted pattern pieces using old (but unused) t-shirts. When that seemed to work out, I then made my contest piece using 6 pieces of fabric: black interlock (for side seam pieces, neckline binding, piping cover and bias-tape), and then 4 knits: polka dot, 2 houndstooth, and zebra print.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
On the original pattern, I took in the hips 6-8 inches and removed the bust darts. I created a cb seam to shorten the lower back area for my slight sway back. On the spliced muslin and final RTW look, I inserted an invisible zipper. I also adjusted the shape of the sleeves and raised the side seam numerous times.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would sew it again as it's so easy! And so easy to modify (sleeve length, hem length, adding zippers). I haven't tried the ruching version but I'm sure it is just as flattering!
I would totally make this again many times (as I already have!)
360 views of the finished dress
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