Pattern Description: Easy sun dress with princess seams and 4 neckline variations.
Pattern Sizing: Size A (8-18)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes it did except that I used View C bodice front and View A bodice back.
Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were very easy.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I loved the simplicity of this pattern.
Fabric Used: I used a cotton sateen with 3% spandex. I purchased this from Bargain Box fabrics and it was very expensive at $20 per metre. Although it was very good quality and was lovely to sew.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: This is the first thing I have made where I have purposely made a muslin. I was determined to get a good fitting bodice so I made up a bodice from some other cotton sateen I left over from Click here First I cut a size 14 based on the finished garment measurements. This was way too big. I pinched out 4 cm from the centre front tapering to the waist, and 8 cm from the centre back, tapering to the waist. I also pinched out 2cm from the top of the front princess seams, tapering to the first notch. I decided that this was distorting the original pattern too much, so I made another muslin in a size 12. I pinched out 2cm from the centre front and I couldn't get the back to stop gaping so I changed to the V neck back in view A. I only had to pinch out 2cm from the centre back to get it to sit right. I also pinched out 2cm from the top of each front princess seam tapering to the first notch. I also lengthened the bodice by 3cm. After making the alterations to the pattern pieces, I felt much more confident cutting into the expensive fabric. I also inserted an invisible zip. As you can see, I am very new to pattern alteration. What little knowledge I have, I have learned from pattern review. Can anyone recommend a good pattern alteration book for newbies? I agonised over pattern placement on the fabric with this large floral print. I'm not 100% happy with the result but it's the best I could do with limited fabric.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I am very pleased with the end result. I plan to wear this to a wedding next weekend. I may sew this one again, especially now that I have the fit worked out. I would recommend this pattern especially to beginners.
Conclusion: This pattern is a winner and the good quality cotton sateen was a pleasure to sew. I am glad I spent the extra time and effort to get the fit right. I will be doing more of this in the future, for sure. More pictures Click here