This is a retro-styled princess seam sheath dress with collar options. Pattern Sizing:
I made a size 12 Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes it does. Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions are well written and very easy to follow What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the pleat detail on the sleeves. My daughters love the pockets. The pockets make this dress ideal for work. Fabric Used:
I used a suiting material. Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I added cording on the princess seams and the bottom of the sleeves and on the pocket. I used Wash Away Wonder Tape to position the cording on the princess seams. This double sided tape disappears when washed. I taped the cording on one side of the seam then used a contrasting thread to baste the cording in place using a zipper foot. I then pinned the other piece on top of the cording and followed the basting stitches this ensured the seam was stitched close to the cording. I then removed the basting stitches. I used a contrasting thread as the small houndstooth fabric made the thread hard to see. I am sure there are other methods to do this correctly but this worked really well for me.
I also used an invisible zipper as the pattern calls for a lapped zipper.
My daughter hates facings so I used bias tape on the collar and the sleeves. I decided to use red lining for the sleeves my daughter loves this detail. bias tape detail
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
This is one of my daughter favourite patterns, she loves the pockets. I have made this dress four times for her. One with the bow detail, one with a rounded neckline and this one with the smaller collar and one without the pockets. The sleeves are really nice with the pleat detail. My daughter always receives many compliments when she wears this design. Conclusion:
This is a great pattern with different looks. I really like this version as the cording really sets off the princess seams and makes the dress quite unique. This dress is an easy wear dress which is perfect for the office but is really quite stylish