|PatternReview: 100 (Summer Street Dress) - Type:Dresses|
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|Pattern Rating:||Easy & Great for Beginners |
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|Fabric:||Acrylic Knit [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Note for Fabric Stash 2013 contest: only the gray one is entered for the contest Gray dress|
Pattern Description: This is downloadable pattern you can purchase on Pattern Review; it was a collaboration with Maria Denmark. Description: "Easy to sew, with an optional contrast panel in the front, this kimono sleeve knit dress with a scoop neckline has endless possibilities."
Pattern Sizing: CXS (33 inch bust) to CXXL (45 inch bust). I made CS with no alterations. It fits nicely but the bodice is a touch snug. For version 4 (the multi color single fabric one) I added just a little to the underarm (about 1/2 inch). Here's a standing straight photo of the multi color dress. That made it perfect. For your reference, my bust is about 35, waist 29, hips 34.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Pretty much. I have decided I'm not a big fan of the color blocking (at least not the way I did it). I like a one color dress better. I made 2 color blocked versions (as yet unfinished) and didn't love them. Pink dress Blue dress
Were the instructions easy to follow? Very good instructions - the binding instructions were very detailed. The CS size is missing a dotted line (at the bottom of the bodice?) but it wasn't hard to figure out.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? A word about the pdf/downloadable nature of the pattern. The complete pattern is 38 pages. Pages 1-13 are instructions; 14-38 are the pattern. Despite setting the printer correctly to print actual size, my 4" test square just wasn't 4" square. I futzed and fussed with printer settings and could not get it perfect. Then I had the bright idea to check my metric tape measure. Sure enough 10cm is not exactly the same as 4 inches. My square is a hair smaller then 10cm square but about 1/16 - 1/8 inch smaller than 4 inches.
Fabric Used: For the gray one, a thin knit - think cheap tank top thin. The multi color feels like a nice soft cotton knit. [Shout out to SquishSews whom I met in person for the first time when I was buying that fabric.] For the colored ones, the fabric is more firm and has more lycra in it. All are G-Street fabrics, most from the $3/yd table.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: On the gray dress and the multi color one, I made pleats instead of gathers. I really like doing it with pleats.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? What I love about it is how easy it is to sew and that the fit is basically fine out of the envelope. I thought at first I didn't like it but that was a fabric fail on my part for the first 2 versions. I really like it now with the one color and the pleats.
Conclusion: A good pattern.
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