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|Ottobre Woman Magazine: 02-2013-17 (Beckie Sporty Jersey Dress) - Type:Dresses|
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|Posted on:||7/29/13 4:44 PM |
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|Fabric:||Cotton Jersey [See other projects in this fabric]|
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Swing-shaped (in other words, very loose fitting) tank dress with interesting panelling. The back armholes cut in a bit. Neck and armholes are finished with bands.
34-52. I made my usual 34, with some alterations.
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?
I loved the interesting seam lines (especially as viewed from the side) and fabric combination potential.
From previously made versions I saw, I knew I would not like how very wide it was. Now that's a matter of personal preference, as the fit in the bodice is fine - it's relaxed but still fits properly. Since the bodice is princess-seamed and there are so many panels, it took some thinking to decide how best to slim it without altering the bodice (as I didn't want to muslin that). Some of the panels become very narrow in places, so I didn't want to distort those lines by simply removing width there.
Here's what I ended up doing:
I took the center front and center back panels. On the foldlines and starting from about the waistline, I folded over and creased, increasing the amount taken as I reached the hem. In total I removed about 2" from the waist and 6" at the hem.
Photo of the altered pattern paper.
If I had to do it over again, I would have removed even more width, including from the bodice. But, again, that's a matter of preference, and I really wanted a sort of fitted dress from a loose-fitting pattern.
I added seam allowances to the armholes (you're not supposed to because you are just binding them) to increase the width in the back for better strap coverage (always seem to be a problem for me). That was the lazy route and I should have just redrawn the back curve of the armhole. My armholes are slightly gape-y and I can't tell if I caused that or if it would have been that way anyway. A slightly shorter binding strip would solve that, though.
One drawback to this pattern is, if you aren't finding some lucky scraps, this pattern will cut long and skinny strips into a lot of yardage!
Front view showing skirt width
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Plus, I skipped by square shoulder alteration.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Probably not. Or maybe I would if inspired by some fun fabric combination, but then I would slim it a lot more.
Neat dress with unique design.
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