Pattern Description: Mid-season dress with gathered bust, 3/4 length sleeves, mock button placket and gathered skirt.
Pattern Sizing: 34-46. I cut a 42 in the shoulder, neck, sleeve and a 44 for the rest... but had to alter it down about 2 sizes.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.
Were the instructions easy to follow? I used the newly English translated directions (from French). They are very clear and exceptionally well translated. You would never know they were translated if you weren't told... they don't have that lovely broken English that I find amusing with other non-native English patterns (like Burda This directions are spelled out and illustrated beautifully but she does not hold your hand with HOW to sew like a Colette pattern does. It's not a sewing course but a mildly experienced beginner would be able to handle this.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
First off it's a pretty and simple dress I just want to wear on a regular day in life. It's very easy to sew and has few pieces to cut. The front has a faux button placket giving it detail. I'm 5'8" and am very happy with the bodice and skirt length, they actually hit at the right place on me- I find patterns are (almost) always designed for folks 5'6" and under. I like how the neckline facing connects to the sleeve seam giving the shoulder a nice stable look. The pattern doesn't suggest using interfacing for it but I may add that next time.
I would really like to see a 'finished measurements' chart for these patterns. It was hard to guess the amount of ease even with all the photos I've seen online of other finished Sureaus. I cut a 42/44 to match my measurments and has to alter it down to a 38/40. I am tracing it again to sew up with another fabric this week.
The sleeves are VERY generously sized. I took the seam in about 2 inches.
Fabric Used: A pretty yellow linen with a handful of dark green vintage buttons.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Like I said I had to alter it down about two sizes. I should have no issues next go round with the right size. I improvised with my buttons rather then using the button guidelines. I folded the sleeves up above my elbows... the linen creases and wrinkles so that it looked very sloppy at the bend.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I am planning to sew this one up again. I am smitten by Deer&Doe's sweet French patterns. I highly recommend this to beginner seamstresses who want to feel accomplished and have a super adorable everyday dress to show for it. Or for more experienced seamstresses like me, this is a terrific quickie for you. There is a great sew-along on Paunnet's Web site if you want inspiration or are a beginner and need help as you go.