Pattern Description: Dresses have shoulder pads, close-fitting, bias, self-lined front bodice with gathered shoulders and right side, tucked left side, pleated drape, and stitched hems. C and D: close-fitting through hips
Pattern Sizing: Size 8-16 I made size 12 top size 14 bottom
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?
The instructions are very straight-forward. Its important that you follow along with it because of the overlapping fronts with the lining, it can get confusing but everything else will be easy to construct.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the surplice bodice
I like the gathers at the shoulder
I like that the gathers help to conceal the hump of the shoulder pads so they are invisible once installed.
I like the gathers at the waistline
I like that the ruffle is made by little pleats at the waistline, I had no idea this was how it was made and its a professional touch.
I like that they doubled the fabric for the ruffle so you don't have to worry about doing a narrow hem on a thin fabric. Looks neater.
I like that the volume of the ruffle is NOT on the hip line and it drapes very nicely.
I like that they are options for a full skirt and a close fitting so you can pick the best one for your body type
I like that the shoulder pad cover patterns were provided.
Used 1/4" all purpose shoulder pads (shoulder pad size not given in instructions)
Fabric Used: Rayon Jersey from Joanns
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
No alterations, I made it according to the pattern instructions
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
No I won't sew it again but I would absolutely recommend it.
Conclusion: Its a dress that you can style up or down according to the occasion so I think its a great piece for your closet.
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