|Pattern Description: MISSES' DRESS: Close-fitting, A-line, above mid-knee length, lined dress has front and back pleats, gathers, back darts, bias short sleeves, side seam pockets, back invisible zipper, front scooped neckline and back deep V-neckline.|
Pattern Sizing: AA (6-8-10-12)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Sort of. The solid color really changes the look. And I messed with the back and the length. But the important design elements are still there!
Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions are very clear. That being said, I agree with the average rating on the pattern. There are a few tricky corners that can be irritating depending on fabric choice. This design would probably be a bit frustrating for a real beginner.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I initially passed this design by, but after seeing so many cute versions, decided that it was worth my time. The drapey sleeves are a great feature, and one that I have never tried before.
I did not like the fact that as drafted, the dress would require a backless bra - so I changed that.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: When I first purchased this pattern, I decided that I was going to alter the back so wearing a standard bra was an option. I added 5 inches to the bodice back, extending the straight edge of the center back and re-drawing the angled neckline for both the bodice and bodice lining pieces.
Most of the modern Vogue designs are a little shorter than I am comfortable with, so I added a couple of inches to the skirt length as well.
The pockets would not fit on my limited yardage, and they would not have worked with my slinky satin so they were left off.
Even with the bodice back alteration, there is no way the shoulders were going to stay in place. So I made my own lingerie guards with some ribbon and snaps.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I think I am done with this design, at least for the moment.
If you do not mind going bra-less the design is nice. Not my favorite, but it was fun to put together.
Conclusion: I am pleased with the end result, but I really need to stop being seduced by the yardage requirements on contemporary patterns. They only require 1.5 yards because they are way too short for me!
More pictures may be found over on my blog, Lilacs & Lace.