Sewing Ease (scale 1 easy to 10 difficult):
This dress wasn't difficult at all. It was basically princess seam dress but the sleeves required a bit of work since they had lots of pleats. I'd give it a 5.
Straight, fitted, lined dress, below mid-knee has princess seams, yoke front, back zipper and cap sleeve with pleats.
I cut the size 12 for bodice and graded to a 14 for waist and below.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Pretty much. This was a very uncomplicated pattern.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I loved the neckline and sleeves.
A lovely shimmery & iridescent jacquard with bronze, black, and various shades of gray. I picked this up at a Hancock's in Chattanooga, TN this Summer and was told it was a premier fabric and was only being sold in 10 stores. I was pretty blessed to get my hands on it!
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
*I omitted the vent.
*Did my usual short back alteration--- 1" tuck above the waistline tapering to side seam.
What would you do differently next time?:
*If I used jacquard again I would definitely interface all the pieces. The weaving characteristic of the fabric made it a little prone to stretching which I noticed in the neckline. When I made a muslin (see my facebook page for pic) the neckline wasn't as wide. But in the jacquard it was a bit so and posed the risk of my bra showing. This is mainly the reason I decided to wear a shrug---you know for modesty's sake. Next time I'll probably just widen the yoke a little more and raise the neckline just a tad.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I may make this in a casual fabric. It's just a cute dress all around.
It can be worn with or without a cardigan. Also a belt would be a great accessory for it as well. This pattern can be glammed up with fancy fabric or even dressed down.
This is a LOVELY dress! So glad I had it in my stash.
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