I made this in a size 18.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, it did.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Frankly, they were spotty, and left a lot out. I've never had this problem before with a pattern.
For example, it is a circle skirt, but they don't advise you to let it hang for 24 hours for the bias portions to stretch before hemming.
Second, the zipper instructions have photos and directions only for the views with lower back. This is not a big deal, since they are fairly generic.
Finally, the neck edge should be stayed but the instructions don't mention it. I added stay tape to both the front and the back neck to prevent stretching.
This is a pretty rayon challis from fabric.com, and the contrast is a drapey sheer chiffon with shine and a little texture. The lining is rayon bemberg.
I modified the waistband instructions, to interface the exposed sections of the waistband, and lined with the bemberg, as the chiffon was too lightweight to use on its own.
I used pro-weft fusible from fashion sewing supply to interface the waistband. This interfacing is absolutely my favorite - it's light, and has a beautiful hand, and never shows.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I had to alter that bodice significantly to prevent gaping, but it was simple to do - I just folded the bodice section out, and re-cut the bottom higher in the center tapering out to nothing at the side.
I went a little higher again after basting it together & trying it on. It may have been a little too much, as the waistband pulls up a bit. Lesson learned for me.
I think I should have also increased the neck height at center front for less exposure. If you have a small bust like me, I recommend some alterations in this area.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I'd recommend this to others, it's a very pretty dress, and comfortable as well.