Pattern Description: Misses dress and belt; semi-fitted lined dress, mid-knee, has raglan sleeves and a back zipper. B has an attached mock belt/buckle and C has an assymetrical collar with purchased pin.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow? I suppose but the pattern required enough altering for my figure that I didn't use them much.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Loved the collar on view C and the simple sheath lines.
Fabric Used: Medium to heavy weight cotton with a plaid woven into the fabric with a synthetic lining fabric. Both have been in my stash for years; I think both came from Field's Fabrics.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Where to begin?
Due to forward sloping shoulders I moved excess from the front sleeve seam into a side bustline dart.
Shortened the sleeves
Removed 1" from the folded collar (2" total from the pattern pieces) to make it manageable. I also placed hooks with thread chain loops at the top of the zipper and at the edge of the collar underside in the back. I did not interface the collar and it does very well on its own since the fabric is fairly substantial. Lighter weight fabric would probably benefit from some interfacing.
When I made up a wearable muslin, I still wasn't happy because I hadn't done an FBA so for this dress I ended up using NL6926 which I had muslined and FBA'd and just used B5277 from the bottom of the armhole up. I was a bit shy about doing this but it seemed to work and it was easier than doing another FBA on a second sheath.
I machine stitched the lining in at the neckline and then handstitched the zipper opening and armholes.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I think one of these collars is enough for any one person's closet and since that is the only view that appealed to me the answer to the first question is--no. I would recommend it to someone else with the above provisos. If someone is young enough, with straight enough shoulders to wear this pattern out of the envelope, I say "Go for it!" If not, you are in for some fun with a muslin. I do recommend a muslin either way, BTW.
Conclusion: With a lot of work with muslin, this has turned out to be a dress that is comfortable to wear and has a unique look. I may even sew it again someday as I am particularly pleased with how the collar turned out--perhaps something for fall/winter.