|Pattern Description: Dresses A, B have fitted, pleated bodice, front neckline finished with bias tape, back zipper, flared skirt and stitched hems. A: armholes finished with bias tape. B: three-quarter length sleeves and purchased belt. For knit fabrics.|
Pattern Sizing: 6-22. I cut a 16, but sized down to 14.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yep.
Were the instructions easy to follow? The directions are quite easy to follow along. I didn't need them, this was my second time with this pattern. I think the first time I made this pattern I didn't even use the directions because it's such an easy garment to assemble.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Simple, clean lines that are super flattering and terrific for solids or sold prints.
Fabric Used: Cotton/spandex jersey knit with a 40% stretch.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
-My first versionwas made with a non-stretch knit causing me to cut a 16 then-- one size bigger then I usually make for Vogue. I still cut the 16 but ended up sizing down to a 14 by going in on the side seams.
-I added two inches (5cm) to the bodice length. That was a bit long as I realized I needed only 1.5" (3.8cm), so I nipped off some.
-I had to shorten the skirt length a small amount because I laid out the pattern pieces incorrectly... but no problemo for me.
-I excluded the zipper. There's no need for it. Okay, you would likely need a zipper if you opted to follow the pattern's directions to use ready-made woven bias tape on the sleeve openings and neckline. The bias tape would be stiff and unforgiving unlike the knit binding I made.
-I made knit bindings for the sleeve openings and neckline. You can see close-ups of the binding here.
-I also nipped in the upper back on the seam... my upper back, shoulders curve in a fair amount causing me to almost always need darts or reduction along there. This was one of the benefits to keeping that seam line in the back, I can easily alter it for me.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I may sew it again. This is my second one already. I do recommend this pattern. But it appears it may have JUST gone out of print?!
Conclusion: Easy, fast dress to make. You can see more on my blog Kathy Sews.