|I've been working on the maxi version in a rayon challis. Everything fit great except for the back from neck down around 2/3 of the way to the waist. I finally figured out that I have to correct for an overly erect stance and when I worked out the new back draft, I just had to make a quick tunic length version in a knit. Success! Not a single back wrinkle and awesome fit through the shoulders - hoping this will turn out just as well in the challis - should be finished and will post pics of that version in a few days.|
An effortless Summer dress featuring double pleats at the bust, kimono sleeves and a panelled a-line skirt. Variations include both slash and v-neck options, plus midi and maxi skirt possibilities and a dramatic thigh high split. Super quick and simple to make, cut it short for the perfect festival dress, or make it worthy of the red carpet with a maxi skirt and thigh high split.
US 2-16, UK 6-20
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
not exactly as I altered the length, and adjusted for a knit rather than a woven
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Love, love, love!!! The bust shaping/fitted high waist coupled with the gentle flared 7 panel skirt is so flattering. I would have liked finished measurements somewhere, and also hip and waist markers. Although the pattern doesn't say where the end of the bodice is exactly, I don't think this is a bad thing. For myself (am short-waisted) , I think it looks best when it hits between the end of my ribcage and my waist. It's not at all difficult to alter to the level that is most flattering for you.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Since there were no finished measurements, I chose size by bust and went with US size 8 (UK 12). This was very well drafted - the front was a perfect fit, as was the skirt. To correct for narrow center back, took out 2 1/4" from the center back then eliminated the zipper and cut it tunic length.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I have the long skirt ready for the newly altered bodice, and fabric purchased/stashed for at least 2 more variations.
There has been a lot of talk about this pattern on various blogs. I really had to think hard about investing in this pattern as it seemed like a lot of the reviews I had read initially received this pattern as a tester. The lines of the dress are gorgeous - reminds me of old Hollywood and I finally gave in. Does it live up to all the hype? Well, YES! It's an easy sew even with finishing all the seams on the 7 panel skirt. I can't wait for my long version to be done and I'm in for the Anna sewalong
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