Misses and Miss petite dress, skirt and blouse by Cynthia Rowley. Pattern Sizing:
14 - 22 Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, except I added a belt which was sewn in to the sides of the bodice. Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes. What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the overall shape of the dress and the raw finish at the hem. However, I prefer the look of the dress with the belt, otherwise I think it is quite loose at the waist. Fabric Used:
Linen viscose mix. Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Based on the pattern measurements I cut a size larger than usual for the bodice and graded out a size at the waist. The bodice fits fine, but there was some gaping at the armholes. I don't know if I should actually be cutting a size smaller and then doing a FBA. I am hoping to go through a fitting course on Craftsy soon, so hope to be able to resolve this or at least discover how to rectify it.
I shortened the bodice by 1 3/8".
I added a belt which I sewed in to the bodice sides. I don't know if perhaps adding this belt had the effect of stretching the armholes out somewhat?
I raised the armholes slightly.
I fully lined the dress.
I omitted the pockets and the side zip.
I serged the lower band to the hem rather than sewing it and turning the raw edges in.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I do like it, but I don't know if I would sew it again myself. I would recommend to others. Conclusion:
This is a cute summer dress that I enjoyed sewing. It's flattering, comfortable and perfect for a hot summer holiday!
More pics on my blog.