|Pattern Description: |
This is a pre-teen (or sub-teen as they put it on the envelope) vintage dress pattern from in the late 50's, early 60's. Or at least that's my guess anyway. It has a bateau neck with collar and a full skirt and side zipper.
Mine is a size 12, and I measured my daughter before buying this pattern and it fit her measurements exactly (she's 13), except she was 1 inch bigger at the waist. I did not add extra room at the waist and the dress fits her like a dream, EXCEPT (this is a big except) the bust. The bust was ridiculously big on her. Luckily princess seams are easy to adjust, although one side ended up looking much better than the other. And it looked better before I adjusted it at all. Anyway, I know they add on extra for ease, but it was just odd that the dress everywhere else was such a good fit and only the bust was off.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, it looks just like it only I left off the bow and bought a black skinny belt to pair with it.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The side zipper part was a bit unclear to me, however, I've never done one of those before, so it could have been just me. I just kind of made it up.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the design of this dress!! I seriously wish I could make it for me. Okay, I know, I could grade it, but ick. What a lot of work. The one thing I didn't like was the neck facing. Those little narrow facings always seem to bunch up and stick out, even with understitching. If I made it again I would just face the neck line with bias tape.
I used a gray, geometric quilting cotton, that my 13 yr. old immediately turned her nose up at and said she didn't wear gray. Ruff. Once the dress was finished she changed her tune a bit and likes the fabric now. I just love teenagers, don't you?
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I ran out of fabric. I bought everything that remained on the bolt after eyeing the fabric for months and then suddenly realizing one day that it was almost gone! But unfortunately one whole section of the skirt is missing (out of 3). So the skirt is less full than it should be--it's a gathered skirt so it didn't change the construction at all. My 13 yr old was GLAD about that. And then as I said before off with the bow and on with the skinny belt.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Oh, I certainly would. But there are so many vintage patterns just calling my name.
Wonderful dress. Very easy to make and so elegant.