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|Reviewed by:||squirrellypoo|| |
|Posted on:||3/7/14 7:28 AM |
|Last Updated:||3/11/14 8:09 AM|
Pattern Info provided by squirrellypoo
|Pattern Rating:||Difficult, but great for Advanced Sewers |
|Review Rating:|| Very Helpful by 4 people |
|Fabric:||Cotton Sateen [See other projects in this fabric]|
|New to me pattern company contest questions:|
1. Why did you choose this Pattern Company?
Rachel is a fellow London sewing blogger and I totally admire her style and sewing skills. She drafted this dress for herself last year, then released it as a free pattern at Christmas and I'd been wanting to sew it and support her since!
2. How did you obtain this pattern? (bricks and mortar store, online, downloaded)
This is a free pdf download through the Kollabora site - I believe you have to be a (free) member, but it's easy to do.
3. Did the pattern meet up with your expectations- ie if a PDF was it easy to print. In general was the fit as described, was the pattern a success, company easy to work with?
I answer most of these questions in my main review below, but yes, the pattern was definitely a success, and the pattern pieces were very easy to fit together thanks to a 1cm grid in the background.
4. Was sewing this pattern more or less difficult than other pattern companies? If so, why?
This one was more difficult than most just because there were no instructions and only one size offered, but Rachel said it's because it's a free pattern, so I'd not assume that others she'd produce would be this way, too.
5. Would you buy another pattern from this company? Why or why not.At the moment, this is her only pattern, but I'd definitely buy from her in future if I like the designs - the pattern was easy to put together, everything matched up, and adjusting the length was easy to do, too.
6. Would you recommend this Pattern Company?
Yes, I would, especially if you're also close to the size provided.
I now return you to your regularly scheduled Pattern Review, already in progress... ;)
This is a pattern for a 60s-style sleeveless sheath dress with triangular waist panels, centre front seam, and diagonal bust darts.
It comes in only one size, which happened to correspond almost exactly to my Bust/Waist/Hip measurements (94/76/102), but the lengths were way off my own!
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, it looks so much like Rachel's version, and the tech drawing!
Were the instructions easy to follow?
There are no instructions included, but I found it fairly straightforward to sew - you just create the front, create the back, and attach.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I utterly love the unique seaming! All the diagonals really draw the eye towards the waist and the shaping is very flattering indeed. It's a great classic sheath silhouette with great details.
Cherry red stretch cotton sateen (originally from Fabric.com I think?) that had been in my stash for years just waiting for the perfect pattern.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I measured and compared my lengthwise measurements to the flat pattern:
1. my bust point was exactly the same as the pattern
2. My B-W was shorter so I removed 5cm and smoothed the curves
3. My W-H was longer so I added 1cm
I made up a quick muslin and decided the neck was a bit too high for my taste so I lowered that my 7cm at the CF, too. The hem was just perfect as-is.
I also used the pattern pieces to create an all-in-one neckline and armhole facing, and I used an invisible zip in the CB instead of an exposed zip.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I totally totally would sew this again, and I'd recommend it even if you need to adjust for your size. Despite cotton's sateen's tendency to wrinkle in photos, this is probably the best-fitting sheath dress I own!
I was asked to speak at the House of Commons about a proposed stem cell transplant bill with only ten days notice, so I made this up lickety-split! The red gave me confidence and is reminiscent of blood, and my speech went really, really well!
For more photos and construction tips, head over to FehrTrade.com!
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