|Pattern Description: From the website - "Knit knee-length dress with front surplice (mock wrap) neckline, short kimono sleeves and an easily customizable midriff section. The skirt features in-seam pockets and falls in the soft folds of a vintage half-circle skirt."|
Pattern Sizing: 30"-50" High Bust
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, it did.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, they were, only it did take me awhile to really wrap my head around the sizing. I know the connect the dots method between bust and waist is supposed to help you customize the fit, but I didn't quite trust myself to cut into my fabric before thinking it through several times.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the idea behind the sizing, even if I had to think about the what size I wanted to cut a bit more than I would with a traditional pattern. I like the idea behind the line - dresses and separates that fit your everyday lifestyle. But, what I liked the least was how much modification was expected to be done after finishing the garment. I guess it's good that you can keep taking in the seams until you have a good fit at the sides or take out all the sag in the bust, but it also feels like so many tweaks might lead to a bigger mistake here or there.
Fabric Used: Eco-dyed organic cotton knit from Organic Cotton Plus.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: So many. I'm not even sure I can remember them all sadly. I removed the gathers from the bust line, raised the bust line so that it fell where I thought the pattern was intended, which led to a slightly higher waistline than I had originally wanted - but maybe it's only noticeable to me? I also accidentally ended up with a high-low hem thanks to hemming it on my dress form, which obviously wears dresses differently than I do! I also eliminated the pockets since they just seemed to add bulk where I didn't want it!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I would sew this dress again, but I'd likely use a fabric with more drape and think through my pattern sizing a modifications a bit more before cutting into my fabric.
Conclusion: If you're looking for a knit dress with these lines, I think this one is a good pattern to start with. It's fun to think about sizing the way that Steph, the pattern designer, does, but I need a bit of practice with it before I'll totally get the hang of it!
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