|Ottobre Woman Magazine: 02-2013-1 (Matisse Jersey Dress) - Type:Dresses |
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|Pattern Rating:||Easy & Great for Beginners |
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|Fabric:||Rayon-Lycra Knit [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|To get myself back in the sewing room, I've set myself a challenge to make several garments from my most recent issue (2/2013) of Ottobre Woman. I wanted to start at #1 and work through as many as I could before I ran out of steam or the next issue arrived. Here's number 1!|
Pattern Description: Gathered drop waist knit dress with elbow-length sleeves and bound neckline.
Pattern Sizing: 34-52. I used size 40 and 38. The women's size chart in inches may be found at http://ottobredesign.blogspot.com/2012/03/womens-size-chart-in-inches.html.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? The shape is similar, though my fabric looks nothing at all like the modeled photo.
Were the instructions easy to follow? The dress was simple and the instructions were adequate.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the simplicity of it. I do not particularly like the style of this dress and the gathers hit me at my most protruding place in back--not good. If you make this, check that before you start. I would have been happier had I shortened the bodice about an inch and a half more.
Fabric Used: Rayon lycra jersey, as suggested by the magazine.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I made a few changes for fit, mostly alternating between the 38 and 40 at appropriate places. I also shortened the bodice, but not enough.
The finished garment length was 89cm (35"). That total length would put the skirt at about 19", which is above my comfort zone. I added two inches to bring it down to the top of my knee.
I am 63.5" tall, and the patterns are drafted for someone about 66.5". If you make it, be sure that you check both the skirt length and the bodice length.
Ottobre uses clear elastic for stabilizing shoulder seams and gathering the skirt in this pattern. I had no clear elastic, so I stabilized with fusible interfacing and gathered the skirt in the traditional manner of two rows of gathering stitches followed by puling the skirt in to fit the bodice. It all worked out.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I expect not. If this style suits your figure, it is easy to make.
Conclusion: I knew going in that this would likely not be the most flattering garment in my closet. I wanted to challenge myself and get a bit out of my usual style groove (rut?), so I made it anyway.
It was fun to make and got me moving again!