|Pattern Description: |
Dress designed for beginner sewist, with fitted bodice, front drape panel, bodice lining, and back zipper.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, mostly. I tried converting the pattern to a side zip rather than a back zip and struggled with the lining installation as a result. My bust is also so small that I struggled getting my small bust adjustment small enough for a good fit.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, very. Colette Pattern instructions are so clear and easy to follow!
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked that it was drafted and written specifically for the beginner. I would have had a much easier time with the pattern if I had not tried to convert the zipper (but seriously, how is someone supposed to zip up and down a back zipper!). Nevertheless, this pattern was very well-suited to my skill level and I had some good learnings.
I made a muslin with a moderate stretch rayon (in picture) and a second version in a moderate stretch polyester.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Small bust adjustment, sway back adjustment, side zipper installation, size 0 for the bodice and size 8 for the skirt.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would definitely recommend it to others, though it might be a while before I want to make it again, since I just made two successful versions of this dress (if you count my "wearable muslin" as one version).
Great pattern that is very nicely drafted and well explained. Perfect for beginners! I also wrote in more detail about making this dress and have more photos posted on my blog here.