|Pattern Description: From Butterick website: Loose-fitting, pullover dress has bias neck facing, front-button band, front and back seam openings, partially elasticized back, underdress, stitched hems, shaped hemline and topstitching. B: purchased trim.|
Pattern Sizing: Sizes 8-24. generally loose fitting. I learned a lot about my personal fitting issues from sewing this pattern!
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, rather
Were the instructions easy to follow? yes, no complaints at all.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Only dislike: hard to change length of dress.
Likes: this is a very good pattern for testing the sizing of these loose fitting styles of dresses, particularly from the Tilton sisters. The under-dress, which is cut from a full pattern piece (i.e., not on the fold), offers a great chance to make a simple muslin to check the fit. here is a picture of the bodice top for the under dress, sewn in a size 16. I tried it on, and you can see from the photo that I pinched out about an inch total at the shoulders and under the arms to get it to fit properly. Here you can see that I sewed the seam allowances on the muslin, and then clipped to them to simulate the finished edges of the dress. In the final version, seen here..wrinkled dress... I ended up sewing a size 10 in the shoulders, grading out to a size 14 below the arms, and the fit is great. Since then I made another Tilton dress, made the same changes without a muslin, also fit very well. I may finally be on to something... ;)
Fabric Used: blue linen purchased in the summer of 2012.
I really had to scrimp on the fabric, and ended up piecing the back towards the sides. Almost invisible, but I did it symmetrically, so hopefully anyone who notices will think it's a "design feature" ;)
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: None. Many people have chosen to eliminate the button placket, but I sewed it up, and used some buttons bought last year with a celtic knot pattern. If you sew the placket, make sure you mark the two dots on the bottom carefully on each layer; I think there ended up being four total. If you mark them carefully and thoroughly sewing the placket will be much easier.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? yes, I like it a lot, and have gotten several complements. Cool, pretty and comfortable.
here is one of my sewing assistants, Boo, testing out the almost completed dress for me. he approved...
Conclusion: If it's still hot where you live, or if you're in the S Hemisphere and are expecting some heat in a few months, you may enjoy this dress.