|Pattern Description: |
Fitted, low neckline dresses with lined bodice, midriff and sleeves, have princess seams, sleeve variations, pleated skirt and darted skirt back with slit, back closing and above mid-knee length, pattern pieces included for A/B, C, D cup sizes.
12-14-16-18. I cut out a 14 C cup but had to add to the seam allowance in the bodice, so really a 16 bodice and 14 skirt. In RTW I wear a 12 top and 10 bottom usually.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, except mine is sleeveless and I added trim.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, they are straight forward. The fitting is the issue!
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I bought this pattern because I wanted a fitted LBD. I love the sweetheart neckline and cup size choices on this one. In the end, I made slopers on freezer paper of the bodice for future princess seam patterns so I don't have to do a FBA
Poly/rayon/lycra woven. It is somewhat heavy and not much stretch.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I used an invisible zipper, added a narrow black velvet scroll ribbon trim around the neckline and upper and lower midriff, and ripped the short sleeves off. I did not like those sleeves at all! They looked like silly cups sticking out beyond my shoulders and made me look a mile wide on top. I ended up really liking it sleeveless.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would like to sew it again, but next time around I will use a stretchier, slightly lighter weight fabric. This dress is not really that comfortable (my fault) because of the fabric and I made it a little too fitted.
This is a flattering style and makes the perfect LBD (or whatever color!), but I do recommend making a muslin first. I had to make 2 bodice muslins before I got it right. Also I had to have a friend help me pin it here and there in the back to get it to fit just so. Ok...I gained a few lbs. recently and that is why I am not modeling this right now - LOL.