|*** Edited 7/28/2013 to add a sleeveless cowl-neck variation.|
The Grecian Skater
Knit dress with slight scoop neck and choice of 3 sleeve lengths. Waist seam near the natural waist. Slightly flared not-quite-knee-length skirt.
Sizes 1-8. High bust 30" - 44". Waist 24" - 38".
I fall in between sizes, but sized up to size 3 after muslining. There is negative ease in the bodice, but ease below the waist seam.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes. Something I appreciate is separate instructions for beginners and those who already know how to sew. It's nice to have a brief quide to follow if you've already sewn tons of t-shirts and dresses.
The only thing I did differently was to sew the sleeve and neck band in the round.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
On any set-in sleeve pattern, I have to do square shoulder and other armscye/shoulder adjustments, sometimes major. I was totally surprised that this fits me perfectly, even better than my knit sloper, which I've been tweaking for years. Sheesh.
The shape is very flattering. There's a seam near the natural waist, and the garment below that falls smoothly over the rest of the body.
More photos here.
This was a quick-gratification project, almost as fast a sewing a simple t-shirt.
Cotton/lycra jersey from Chez Ami.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
None for fit. Yay! I used the length from the largest size, so it's an inch or two longer than drafted.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I love this and can envision this pattern as the base for many other knit dress variations.
Great dress pattern!