Pattern Description: A close-fitting body con dress with lots of diagonal pleats and gathers and twisted shoulder straps. It comes with a straight-cut lining that the outer garment is tacked/sewn down onto for stability. The lining is intended to be made of tricot and also has the added benefit of being a bit body-smoothing and slimming.
Pattern Sizing: 4-6-8-10-12. I made a size 8 but now that I know how the fabric acts with this pattern I may make a smaller size for the outer fabric (a size 4 or 6) and make the lining out of a size 8.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Not at first, I had to do some trouble shooting and make some alterations.
Were the instructions easy to follow? For the most part yes. But there were tricky spots where I had to scratch my head and figure things out.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I think the diagonal waist seam (the model is bending away from it) is deceivingly loose. I had to add some internal elastic to make the fabric lie right.
Fabric Used: Fine Rayon/Silk Jersey with Lycra for the outer fabric, Nylon tricot for the lining. My fabric was a bit too loose for the gathers and body con fit so I had to make some adjustments after it was done to make it look like the pattern photo.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Added elastic for the diagonal waist seam. Added soft interfacing to the shoulder straps and shortened the shoulder straps a couple inches. I had to pull up the Right back bodice between the center back and underarm and trim it at the under arm and then pull up the outer fabric so it wasn't so drapey and loose. I also added 5 inch wide elastic to the back bodice for improved fit. It was great because I sewed the dress in one afternoon, but then kept trying it on and making some adjustments (some more time-consuming than others) here and there for a month!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I actually want to sew it again for a re-do with a slightly stretchier fabric, the percent amount that the fabric bounces back from stretch is key to this pattern working correctly. I would also try using Powernet tricot for the lining. That would feel great! I would recommend this pattern with the big Lesson Learned to use a really stretchy fabric that has quite a bit of bounce back (lycra) for the best drape and fewest headaches. Also if your lining is the same color as the outer fabric it will save you some headaches too.
Tricky to sew. May need some alterations that only an advanced seamstress would be able to figure out because of the way the pattern pieces are cut. I myself got some alteration suggestions from a professional sewist for how to fix the draping problems I had after it was initially sewn. Choosing the correct fabric, with the right amount of stretch and lycra, is key to this pattern working.
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