|Pattern Description: Women's One-Piece Dress: The dress features raglan sleeves and a heart-shaped neckline. The bodice is seamed down the center front and there are soft gathers at the upper front and lower edges. The skirt is slimly gored. Style II has contrasting sleeves and sequin banding is used for accent.|
Pattern Sizing: Bust 36, Hip 39
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, it does.
Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions are quite easy to follow for a vintage pattern.
Because I was working with extremely limited yardage, my only choice was to use a multi-directional cutting layout (and to chop off 4 inches from the hemline.) I always cut everything in the same direction except for perhaps lining fabrics because, so often, even a fabric without an obvious nap can look significantly different when turned upside-down. Thankfully, I seem to have come out of this unscathed. The busy print is disguising it, or there was no issue with this particular rayon as far as directionality goes.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love just about every 1940s design I have come across, and this is no exception.
I can't think of anything I do not like.
*Sueded rayon (at least, I think that is what the fabric is - I received it from a pattern swap, so I cannot be sure)
*bemberg rayon used for facings
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I added my standard 3/4" to the torso length.
And as mentioned above, I shortened the skirt pieces by 4". Wherever possible, I like deep hems - I think they look so much more polished. But sometimes an extra inch in dress length makes a narrow hem worth it!
I believe this dress would have fit more like the pattern illustration if I had used a size 34. As it is, the finished garment is rather roomy - but it sure is comfy!
This pattern was missing the belt piece, so I decided to go with a tie belt instead of a buckle, just for fun.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I am not sure if I will be making this one again - although, the contrasting sleeves might lure me back to the pattern at some point in the future.
If you happen to have a copy, it is definitely fun to put together.
Conclusion: I am quite thrilled with finally making this pattern up - both pieces came from a Sew Weekly pattern swap back in 2012, which makes it rather special!
As always, more pics may be found over on my blog, Lilacs & Lace.