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|Disparate Disciplines: 1401 (Dandelion dress & top) - Type:Dresses |
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|Fabric:||Poly Cotton Jacquard [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|If you love sheath dresses and are anything like me, you have a dozen or more patterns that are all pretty similar. They have side seams, they have darts and maybe a few neckline and sleeve variations. Some are A lines and and some are along the lines of the "wiggle" variety. I'll see a review of one that's fitted beautifully or sewn in gorgeous fabric and add the pattern to my wish list, only to sew it up and find it's not too different from the others. Well today I am singing the praises of a remarkable new sheath pattern. The Dandelion Dress is like a magic trick, especially for pear shaped figures. |
Pattern Description: "This dress was made for moving about. It has a few inches of ease, which has been shifted to the front so you can easily eat or go gallavanting around without feeling constrained. While it is a semi-fitted pattern, it has a flattering silhouette that follows your curves since it is fitted at the bust & along the back."
Pattern Sizing:0-14 (fits chest size 32-47. Note- this sizing does not seem to correspond with US RTW sizing. Check envelope measurements closely.)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow?The instructions are wonderful. Clear and concise, with lots of good diagrams. There is no printing of pages that you don't need since a chart is included that tells you what page numbers to print for the view you are making. There's even a print out for a nice pattern envelope. How well thought out is that?!
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?When I first looked at the pattern pieces I was a little nervous about matching up the unusual looking curved seams and French darts. How was this going to work? Could I sew them smoothly without little puckers at the end of each one? Would I end up with PBS (pointy bust syndrome)? No need to worry- if you mark and clip precisely, ease your fabric carefully on the curves and press with lots of steam the whole thing comes together brilliantly with smooth French darts. The wrap around effect that is achieved by eliminating the side seams creates a lovely flow of fabric which skims the hips and thighs artfully. If you are a city dweller who bikes to work, this is the dress for you. I'm wearing the dress as I write this and am thrilled with the comfort and ease of movement.
Fabric Used:I wanted to try the pattern out before using good fabric and had this inexpensive poly cotton jacquard in my stash. It's not very nice quality and too flimsy and shiny for my liking but it gives you a good idea of how well the fabric drapes as it "turns the corner" so to speak. In the pattern notes it is mentioned that softer fabrics are preferable to more structured ones to avoid a boxy effect and an underlining is recommended for fabrics that are a bit sheer. The stars of the show are the masterfully placed seam lines and choosing solid or textured fabric will highlight that aspect.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:The armscyes and darts were about an inch too low in my case so I increased the shoulder seams to one inch, which worked well to solve both issues. I normally grade patterns one size larger from the waist down but that was not at all necessary here. There is plenty of ease and I found that the excess fabric left a little poochiness in the stomach area seams. I added piping to the front and back yokes and pinched out about 3/4" before installing my invisible zipper (a usual adjustment for me). For the sleeveless version, neckline and armscyes are finished with bias tape (hand stitched next time!) A racer-back style bra is best to avoid stray straps.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?I cannot wait to make this again in better fabric.
Conclusion: Since short sleeved, sleeveless and sweetheart necklines are included with this pattern, as well as cutting lines for making it into a top (have you seen Sewbusylizzy 's beautiful version or Velosewer's lovely review last week?) I could see this in fluid crepe for an elegant and flattering LBD that you can actually eat a meal in, casual cotton lawn or just about anything in between. Talk about versatile! I think this indie company may have a hit on their hands.
And once again, more fabric humor....
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