Close-fitting, above mid-knee, pullover dresses A, B have front and back darts and outside stitched tucks. A: above elbow length sleeves.
I cut a 14 but then took the sides in so a 12 would have been better. Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes very much so. Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes but you need to be creative about marking because it doesn't tell you how.
I first copied the patten pieces onto tracing paper. I taped them to my dinning room patio door for transparency and copied all the darts and tucks. Using pins to hold the paper on the cut out fabric pieces I cutoff the bottom off the pattern following the lowest tuck line. With contrasting tread I traced the edge. Then I cut the paper to the next tuck or dart and tread traced again until all the darts and tucks were traced. Note that I Traced the darts on the back and the tucks on the front.
My machine has a straight stretch stitch which I used for the tucks and darts so that I wouldn't have to stretch the fabric as I was sewing.
After basting the front and back together I realized that it was too big. So instead of taking in the sides and then fitting the sleeve to the armhole I sewed the front and back together at the shoulder and then sewed the sleeve on flat. Then I only had to make one seam front the sleeve edge to the skirt hem. I ended up taking in more volume at the armpit as there was too much fabric there.
I made an effort to match the tucks on the sides but in the end gave up and decided it was "good enough". What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the tucks, they add interest to an otherwise plane sheath dress. I do not like the neckline. I need to wear a strapless bra with this dress. I know this is supposed to be a bateau neckline but this is a little extreme. I even feel that the back neck could be raised a smidgen. Fabric Used:
Mauve Ponte de Roma Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
None, the length is as printed. Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I wouldn't sew it again as it was very time consuming all the transferring, thread tracing and tuck sewing. But I definitely recommend it to anyone else to make at least one. I'm glad I took the time to learn those skills and it is lovely when finished. Conclusion:
The really wide neck line is the reason I probably won't wear this much, It requires a strapless bra or a sweater and that would hide all the work.