|Pattern Description: |
Close-fitting dresses A, B, C, D, E, F have lined bodice with darts, raised neckline with front slit, extended shoulders, inset and back zipper closing. A, F: short sleeves. B, C, D, E: sleeveless. A, B, C: straight skirt. D, E, F: flared skirt.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, I believe it did. I made view A.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
As far as I used them, yes.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I have been wanting a cheongsam-like dress forever. I love the high collar, waist band and the many darts which allow for maximum fitting opportunities.
I dislike the dropped shoulders the short sleeves were sew into. If I make it again I'll take the time to draft a proper shoulder seam.
Oh, a horrible polyester that doesn't ravel as much as it shreds. When I returned to the fabric store I noticed they had put it with the Halloween themed fabrics! I used the "wrong" side so it isn't so shiny.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I made a generous FBA, which in turn lead to much longer neck darts and a third dart under each breast. I also pinched out some upper back fullness. I fully lined it, shortened the sleeves and lengthened it a bit. I used an invisible zipper. Ohh! I also raised the neckline, as drafted it leaves very little to the imagination.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would definitely recommend it. I will probably sew it again in a much different fabric.
A really nice, shapely dress for many different figures. Yes, there are many, many darts (and I added even more!) but every dart is an opportunity. An opportunity for a better fit!