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|Stepalica: 1301 (Nougat) - Type:Dresses |
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|Posted on:||10/2/13 1:02 AM |
|Last Updated:||10/2/13 2:24 AM|
Pattern Info provided by Carolyn.S
|Pattern Rating:||Difficult, but great for Advanced Sewers |
|Fabric:||Polyester Chiffon [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: |
A classic, waisted, sleeveless A-line dress with a pretty swirly-skirted silhouette and closure by invisible zip in the left side seam. The pattern includes three variations of various degrees of difficulty, the most advanced option has a complex swirled twisted diamond motif in the front bodice, with sunburst seamlines radiating out and then back in again to join together at the left hip
European size 32-44. I cut a size 34 in the bodice, grading out from the waist to a size 38 at the hip level. Because of these personal sizing changes I also cut the skirt pieces to be a bit more flared going down to the hemline than the pattern to give a better look proportionally.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you had finished sewing it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions are very clear and well written, and very helpful. I definitely needed them for that complex diamond motif! but I did use some of my own preferred sewing construction techniques for some of the basics.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The silhouette is not one I would normally go for, and I quite thrilled with how much I like it. I really love the line of the skirt.
I really enjoyed the challenge of sewing the diamond motif and in spite of a few boo-boos I am pleased with how it all came together.
Synthetic organza for the bodice and skirt yoke and chiffon for the skirt
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I stuck pretty closely with the original design, and just cut the skirt a bit more flared for my version. I sewed double rows of topstitching flanking each seamline on the bodice and skirt yokes, both to visually define them better and to anchor and stabilise the seam allowances and guard against fraying.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I think I only need one of version A in my wardrobe since it is quite a distinctive design, but I would definitely sew either of versions B or C again. I recommend version A to the advanced seamster looking for a challenge.
I am very pleased with it! I really wanted a white dress for summer which is why I went for a solid colour version of the pattern, and now it reminds me of an old-fashioned tennis dress. There is something quaint and ladylike and yet still sporty about the silhouette that I really like. The seaming is really interesting, and I am in love with the swishiness of the skirt.
I have more photos showing different views of the dress on my blog here
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