|Pattern Description: |
This funky yet functional knit dress has a fitted bodice, scooped banded neckline, a curved flared knee-length skirt, and options for trimmed cap sleeves, or banded ¾ length sleeves or long sleeves. It's designed to flatter the figure with a waistline that hits at the natural waist and a skirt that gently skims over the lower waist and hips.
There are eight sizes included in the pattern, ranging from a 30” to 44” high bust, and a 24” to 38” high waist.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, though my waist seam hits lower than the pattern is intended to be. Future versions will likely be adjusted for my height to put the seam back where it "belongs"
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, very easy. This pattern comes with 2 versions of instructions. There is a quick cheat-sheet version and a much longer version with each step broken down into pieces and having pictures included. I used the short/text version of the instructions for my dresses.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The neck band seems to be drafted to be just right as far as length/width to that it lays nice and flat, even after washing. Quick and easy to put together and easy to wear too.
ITY knit for my first version. Cotton/lycra jersey for my second.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I added length to the skirts. About 10 inches to my first version and just a couple to my second version. The first version is also un-hemmed since the ITY knit isn't going to ravel and it drapes much nicer without a hem. I should have taken some length out of the bodice, but with the heavy longer skirt on the ITY version, I wasn't sure if it was fabric choice influencing the bodice length or if it was actually long. Now that I've made it twice in varying fabrics, I'm more confident about taking off some bodice length. This is one of those patterns where making a muslin of just the top may not be enough because until the skirt is attached and hanging, it's hard to gauge where the waist seam is going to settle, even if you try to pull it down to mimic skirt weight.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I do plan to sew this again. The short-sleeved versions I've made are great for summer, but I'd like to have some longer sleeved versions available as the weather here gets cold and rainy.
Love this pattern. Totally worth the taping/tracing needed for a pdf pattern.
1st version is blogged Here
2nd version is blogged Here