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|New Look: 6067 (Misses' dress with pleats) - Type:Dresses|
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|Posted on:||11/30/12 9:28 PM |
|Last Updated:||12/8/12 9:34 AM|
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|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
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|Available for sale on PR: $4.49 (See envelope) |
|Fabric:||Ponte Knit [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Misses dress with bodice pleats and sleeve and belt options. |
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?For the most part. For the sleeveless version that I chose they skipped back and forth, sharing some steps with other views, then listing in a separate column steps unique to the sleeveless version. Following the shared directions for the other views one step too far results in sewing the side seams together before the lining is attached and pulled through at the shoulders, requiring time consuming unpicking. The next time I work with a pattern with directions like this I will make a photocopy of the instructions and highlight and renumber only the steps required for the view I am sewing.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?I love the V shaped pleats meeting at the center that create soft bust shaping in place of darts. They look much more complicated than they are and match up perfectly. The tulip skirt is also one of my favorite shapes. For dislikes, the zipper installation instructions get two big thumbs down. (More on this below).
Fabric Used:Black wool ponte knit from Mood Fabrics, with poly knit lining. If I was still living in NY I might sew an entire winter wardrobe from this luscious fabric. It sews like a dream and feels wonderful on.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:The directions inexplicably call for the zipper to be inserted on the outside of the lining fabric, which would have left the raw edges exposed. I much prefer the clean look of a hidden invisible zip so I opted to use my usual method and sandwiched it between the fabric and lining. I also lowered and widened the neckline slightly into a more pronounced bateau shape. The front drape (belt) was to have been cut on the bias but since I was using a knit I felt that was not necessary and a waste of fabric. After looking for a dressy slide buckle on the internet, I was pleasantly surprised to find this pearl and crystal one at Hancock Fabrics. So that it could be removed for dry cleaning and also to allow switching to a more casual buckle, I cut the front drape in half, finished the edges, pleated it and added 3 small snaps in the center.
Would you sew it again? b>Yes, I would like a 3/4 length sleeve version for the office.
Would you recommend it to others? I highly recommend this pattern. Attaching facings to the bodice lining results in a nicely finished interior. I often add a lining to the skirt as well, but this fabric was fine on its own. Be sure to trim the shoulder and neckline seam allowances well, clipping the curves and corners so that they look clean and smooth when turned right side out. There is a lot of bulk in this area with four layers of lining, facings, interfacing and fashion fabric.
Conclusion: Since my husband works out of town all week and avoids dressing up on weekends whenever possible, I enlisted a few good friends to join me in their own LBDs tonight for a cocktail and photos at a nearby resort hotel. ├ la Cinderella, there was to be no lingering, since the LBD contest deadline loomed only a few hours away. I wouldn't normally have cut it so close but Mood's deliveries were understandably delayed nearly two weeks due to superstorm Sandy (my order was placed the day before it hit), then a heavy work schedule, Thanksgiving and kids in town left me only this past week for completion and pictures. This dress deserved more than my usual iphone-in-the-mirror shots!
I'm pleased to have entered my first Pattern Review contest. Thank you to the organizers and to the PR community for reading and voting!
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