|Pattern Description: |
Lined knit dress or top with high or low cowl, side and back gathers, your choice of two lengths of sleeves or sleeveless, and optional back zipper
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, very much so
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes. I read through them before beginning, then only had to glance at them periodically while sewing. This was my first lined dress, and my first dress with a zipper, and the instructions for both were very easy to follow.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the draped cowl neckline (and more importantly that there were choices for a higher neckline). I disliked that there weren't lengthen/shorten or petite adjustment type lines, which would have made my process a bit easier. I made up my own adjustments, see below.
Some sort of knit that I picked up on clearance at JoAnn last winter.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I knew from holding the pattern up that I was going to need to shorten it. I also knew that the gathers, as drafted, would be far too overwhelming on me. So, I used the lining pieces as my base. I used the back lining, as is, in lining and fashion fabric. For the front, I traced the top from the main piece onto the body of the front lining piece. Sewed the neckline, sleeves as instructed. Then I basted the side and back seams so I could try the dress on. With it on, I pinned until the dress felt right, creating gathers. Marked where the gathers should start and end, then unpicked the basting and sewed the rest following the instructions. I also ended up taking another 4 inches from the bottom of the dress when I hemmed it.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes and yes. I definitely plan on making this again, in a dress as well as the top only variation.
I've had this fabric and pattern paired and sitting in my closet since I bought the fabric last November. I'm so glad I finally decided to actually make the dress.
My 20 year-old brother, who usually doesn't care about my sewing saw this dress and immediately said it was the nicest thing I've ever made. When I got this fabric, I had thought it would make a casual dress. The consensus is that this pattern/fabric combination made a dress that looks far more expensive than it actually was. Now I can save this one for special occasions. So...of course, I need another in casual fabric. I'm thinking some sort of fun print, but we'll see.
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