|Pattern Description: |
Close-fitting, pullover dress has self neck binding, tiers, and raw edge finish
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Love the tiered look
I used a cotton/lycra jersey with a stretch lace for the tiers and cover for the neck and armhole bindings.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I wanted to make this as a dress but didn't know how snug it would really fit. Rather than experiment with some expensive fabric, I decided to cut it down to make a sleeveless top first.
To do this, I shortened the tiers a bit since I thought that they would be too long to make a normal length top.
Also, since I've really wanted a decent white top for a while, I decided to use white lace for the tiers. Unfortunately, once the top is on, it looks like a lace overlay, not so much like tiers as intended. But I still like the way it came out. And since this was my first venture with my **NEW** serger, I am really pleased.
I read other reviews for suggestions before putting this together. At first, I was going to follow the suggestion to lay tape diagonally across the base garment. Then I thought I would just use chalk to mark everything. But I quickly found out that the chalk might not come out of a white jersey and that lace is virtually impossible to mark. So, I just cut out the pieces one at a time and pinned them to the base garment as I cut them out. Slow, but it worked.
I also used the lace as an overlay for the neck and armhole bands. I thought that the shoulders were plenty wide so I made the bands as narrow as possible.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I plan to make a dress for the fall once I find the right fabric. I really liked Loribee's dress (this is the reason I ended up buying the pattern in the first place). Before making the top, I'd considered making this as a dress with lace overlay for a wedding we have in December (hence the lace tiered top). However, since the tiers didn't show so much, I may revisit. Or - maybe make the base in a different color than the lace. We'll see . . .
I'd definitely make this again. However, it does fit more snugly than I expected and I had cut it to size. I took an iron to it and stretched somewhat - next time I'll cut it a bit larger.