Pattern Description: This is a Project Runway Pattern for a dress with a variety of bodice and sleeve options and a full skirt.
Pattern Sizing: 6-12
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? No, I made a top, not a dress so there isn't one pictured on the envelope.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, for the bodice which is the part of the pattern I used.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?. I have been admiring the peplum tops I have seen in the stores lately. They seem to look very good with pencil skirts and with tight jeans. I wanted to try one but didn't have a pattern so I looked through my stash of patterns for a bodice that might lend itself to the peplum design. I liked the waist length bodice, the scoop back and the princess seams on this top - also the square neckline. I thought those features would look good in a peplum top.
Fabric Used: I just wanted to try one and since I was drafting the peplum, I looked through my stash of fabrics and found some polyester charmeuse left from a previous project that promised to drape well in a peplum.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:. I moved the zipper to the side and used a short (9") invisible zipper. I didn't want a back seam in the peplum. Using pi to determine the appropriate radius for the waist size of the pattern, I drafted a circular peplum skirt. It is 8 inches long. I added seam allowances at the sides and voila! It fit the bodice waist perfectly which I considered a minor miracle.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I am excited about the possibility of exploring some other bodice designs and adding a peplum now that I can work pretty easily with the formula. I will make this pattern up in the dress at some point. It is a really great pattern and since it is a Project Runway, there are lots of design variations to try. I am thinking of trying a peplum top with a lace overlay next, though!
Who knew that I would be using pi to calculate something useful! It has been a lot of years since I worked with problems involving circumference and radius of a circle! Can't wait to see how my daughter looks in this.