Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? I made some changes to the pattern, but otherwise, it's a similar look
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, very. This would be a great knit dress pattern for someone who wants to go up a notch from a beginner project.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I do love the style and variations available. It's a wrap look which is always a flattering look for most people. There are so many possibilities.
Rayon lycra leopard print.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I can't seem to get through a pattern without changes, so here goes:
1. I cut a 16 and did my standard FBA of about an inch. Being a knit, and a wrap top, this one is very forgiving in the bustline.
2. Eliminated the cuffs and tabs. Since this is such a busy fabric print, I really wanted to pare down all the "extras." which means I also
3. Eliminated the pocket detail. Now that it's done, though, I think I could have used the pockets to give me a bit more interest in the hip area because I'm so straight there.
4. Took in the sleeves for a tighter fit.
5. I used bias binding for the neckline facing instead of self-fabric binding. I was surprised that I did not have to raise the neckline, which would be typical for me.
6. I left the belt as a tie belt instead of using a buckle.
7. The collar was an afterthought. I felt that for me, it added more interest to the neckline.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I will definitely sew it again. And soon... to try the pocket option. I would highly recommend this pattern for the ease of construction, flattery factor and variety of options available for styling. It's great on it's own, and perfect for layering under a jacket or cardigan.
I do love this dress. You can see more photos and details here, on my blog.