|Pattern Description: Misses dress with princess seamed bodice, sweetheart or boat neckline with gathered A-line skirt. I made the boat neckline and didn't gather the skirt, to keep the lines of my fabric intact.|
Pattern Sizing: 8-18, I think I have a 12 in the bodice and a 18 in the skirt.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Mostly -- I didn't gather my skirt though.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yep, except for the way they have you attach the bodice to the lining..it made my zipper look sloppy, and next time I'll be following this tutorial on doing a lining in a sleeveless dress. Ah well, lesson learned. At least the zipper is on the inside! (I did an invisible zipper with a couture-finished hook-and-eye on top. Awww yeah.)
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Love the basic princess style bodice. I've made this dress before with a different style of neckline, and I think once you get the fit dialed in (with a muslin!), the bodice is infinitely adaptable. Alter the sleeves, neckline, add detailing...this bodice screams Modify me!
Fabric Used: Red stretch cotton sateen with metallic red pinstriping purchased from Fashion Fabrics Club. I bought the fabric intending to make a skirt, but when it arrived and I saw the sparkly stripe, I thought it deserved a dress. I used slippery black poly in my stash for the lining.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: When I made this dress last time, I gathered the skirt, but this time I just pinned on a plain A-line skirt (stolen from New Look 4581, which is OOP) and I think it has a cleaner line. The back neckline has some unfortunate gaposis that wasn't an issue in my previous attempt at this pattern, because my boyfriend helped me fit the muslin...and I was dumb and didn't transfer that alteration to the pattern piece. Oops. I wore a cardigan to cover it, but I did fix the pattern piece!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will most definitely make this again; I am already envisioning it in a crisp floral or geometric for summer. Very highly recommended: if you get the princess bodice to fit you perfectly, the options are seriously endless.
Conclusion: I'll definitely keep making this one!