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|Cake patterns: 0144 (Tiramisu Knit Dress) - Type:Dresses |
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|Pattern Rating:||Recommend, with Modifications |
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|Available for sale on PR: $13.00 (See envelope) |
|Fabric:||Rayon-Lycra Knit [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: Knit knee-length dress with front surplice (mock wrap) neckline, short kimono sleeves and an easily customizable midriff section. The skirt features in-seam pockets and falls in the soft folds of a vintage half-circle skirt.|
Pattern Sizing: Unconventional, but creative. Here's the size chart. I had a hard time choosing the bodice size. My high bust measurement is 34 and my full bust is 35. That puts me right between the Cake sizes. Measurements alone indicate that I should make a 30D, which is clearly crazy. But I worried that the 35A would be huge in the shoulders and side seams. What I ended up doing was starting with the size 30 bodice, I traced an A along the neckline and bottom, a C at the shoulders and a B at the side seams to give me more torso room. I then cut a size 35 in the back bodice piece, as a cheater's forward shoulder adjustment and to allow for my bigger ribcage measurement. (The midriff and skirt is sized by your waist measurement.)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes!
Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions are beautiful. They're thorough without being long, clearly illustrated, and generally well designed. It was a shame the dress was so straightforward to assemble that I didn't really need them!
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? There are a lot of things I really like about this pattern - the general style, the height of the midriff, the play with stripes it allows, the shape and drape of the skirt, the overall feeling of the instructions and design of the packaging. But I'm just not sold on the bodice drafting. It's not right for my body type.
Fabric Used: A super-soft, probably-rayon knit from Michael Levine loft in LA.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Just for fit! Even after my frankensizing, I still took off about an inch more of bodice at the center front. Then after putting the whole front together I took the midriff-bodice seam in another 1/4 inch. I also changed the crossover quite a bit - when I basted it together the first time, with the center front as marked, it was possibly the most modest neckline ever. So I spread out my pieces until I felt like I had a more regular neckline. Again a problem caused by my lack of cleavage. And all this futzing made wrinkles at the center front.
And then I ended up taking it in at the side seams like an additional half inch on each side. The pattern is drafted with zero ease, but this fabric is so stretchy that negative ease was necessary.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will probably want to make another at some point, but should I use this bodice piece? Draft a new one? Use a different dress's bodice? I really like the idea of this pattern, but it's just clearly not drafted with my shape in mind. I do highly recommend it if you're shaped differently, which you almost certainly are!
Conclusion: I like this dress, despite the bodice fitting woes. It's a great practical style and I'm sure it will get a lot of wear. And stripes are my favorite!
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