|Pattern Description: Wrap around dress, which on my package, has a label that says "Designed for the Youthful Beginner" (not seen on the website image as of this writing; perhaps a good call as discussed below). Made for lightweight wovens.|
Pattern Sizing:P. Sagers' exclusive finished garment sizing. Since I decided to make this in a lovely double-faced knit as a beach cover-up, I chose a zero-ease at the bust size, or in this case, size 2.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Pretty close, considering the changes detailed below.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
For the instructions that are included, yes, they are pretty clear. However, for a beginner - putting on a sleeve in the flat might need a little more detail, and there was no instruction in where to attach the ties, just a brief mention of adding the buttonholes for the front tie (NO mention at all for the back tie).
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?Super-cute, vintage-y wrap style. very easy to get to "almost done". I really disliked the lack of finishing instructions, especially since it was labelled for a beginner.
Fabric Used:A really comfy (think favorite t-shirt, but silkier) double-faced knit. I think it's a cotton blend - it handled the iron on "silk" setting just fine - but there's definitely some synthetic component.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
As I progressed through the pattern, it began taking on a 50s ice cream shop apron kitsch (to me anyway), so I upped the ante and went with it. I added patch pockets to the front. I also decided to make it reversible, and added strips of the opposite-side fabric over the darts, shoulder seams, and yoke seam, as well as pockets on the flipside.
over-dart stylin' line
The big thing though - if you are going to make this with the sleeves: on your body and unsewn sleeve piece, continue the binding 2 to 3 inches further than indicated on the pattern pieces. When I stitched the sleeve on, I tried it on before I did the second sleeve and I am so glad I did - even in the stretchy t-shirt knit, they were constrictive!! I couldn't put my arms overhead easily at all. I unpicked the French-seamed underarm (oh, you know my pain? Yes, thank you for the sympathy!) about 2 1/2 inches on each side of the sleeve, added more binding, then redid the sleeve attachment. For the second sleeve, I did the extra binding first, then attached. How much sleeve I unpicked
For the ties, especially for the beginners who wouldn't know, here's how I did it. I made four 24"x1/2" tie lengths (gotta love the QuickTurn doohickey from Dritz - review). I pinned them on BEFORE doing the binding on the body, with the raw edge facing the same as the raw edge of the body piece (ie the tie laid out went across the pattern piece, not off onto the table). When the binding was attached and folded - the tie faced the correct way. I pinned one at each pattern mark onto the front body piece, and on the back body piece, I centered them on the bit that stuck out, that you were supposed to put a buttonhole into). The 24" length was plenty long enough, and maybe even a bit too long. Tie insertion
I did also find that for me, especially with the style lines added, it was much more flattering to wear it by tying the back piece first (so in front, UNDER the front), then tying the front around back, OVER the back. YMMV of course, and usually does. Tied front first vs back first
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
It's pretty distinctive, so I don't know that I would for public wear... especially since if you squat down to pick something up, you're flashing an "up-to-there?!" leg slit, but I can really see this being an awesome summer housedress, especially for folks that live where it's hot.
Conclusion: I recommend making it, but if you are a beginner, read up on making binding and or bias tape, or have someone show you (shout out to JEF who showed me the Jalie binding method which worked beautifully!!) - you'll need 8 or 9 yards of the stuff if you also use it for the ties (listed at a yard each for the two).