An ingenious one-piece dress from the book Drape Drape by Hisako Sato. Every pattern in this book is a gem - although some are not for the faint hearted!
It's Japanese - so small. I made the M/L - I'm a UK size 10 (US 6) although I did end up taking off about an inch from the back seam.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, absolutely. Although my fabric is nicer!
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Any instructions are in Japanese - but the diagram is pretty clear. It's a very simple make anyway - with the one piece there's only a small amount of actual sewing.
I started by creating a facing for the neck - I had made a muslin and the neck had a tendency to flick over and show the internal back seam. All my seams are overlocked so it just didn't look very nice.
Seam 1 - Facing was attached to the neckline.
Seam 2 - the underarms were folded back and hemmed.
Hand gathering stitches were then applied to what were to become the shoulder seam,
Seam 3/4 - shoulders attached to the main body
Hand gathering stitches were applied to the where the skirt joins the torso
Seam 5/6 - those waist gathers were joined
Seam 7 - straight up the back
Seam 8 - hemming the bottom
That was it. It took about 2 hours in total (after I had photocopied and cut out the pattern piece from the book - to be highly recommended, I hate tracing).
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I am really pleased with it - I even wore it my work Christmas party at the Park Lane Hotel, London - very posh!
A lovely digitally printed viscose jersey from Stone Fabrics. I think it looks like a nebula as photographed by the Hubble Telescope.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Length. I added about 10 cm to the bottom and about 5 cm within the torso. And I'm only 5'3". These pattern direct from the book are for ladies who like to show a bit of leg!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I love this dress. Everyone should make it. Make it now. What are you waiting for? Are you still here?