'The focal point of this tunic dress is the pleats at the centre front which create a three-dimensional effect...The very low back-neck drop gives this tunic a sexy yet sporty feel. It ties at the back of the neck'. Pattern Sizing:
I made a size 8 which corresponded most closely to my measurements using the size chart in the book. I did not make any adjustments to my measurements (some are suggested in the text below the size chart), just read them directly off the size chart. I am very happy with the fit. The dress is supposed to be loose-fitting. Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes. Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions were ok. I needed to look at the pictures of the finished item to work some of it out and I had trouble with the sleeves, which I initially inserted the wrong way (cuff side in). More markings and diagrams would be helpful. What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the unique style of this pattern with the added details. Fabric Used:
Lightweight cotton that I had dyed using Shibori techniques and natural indigo dye. Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I lengthened the tunic to make a dress, left off the pockets, moved the back tie lower down and sewed the sleeves in without raw edges showing as suggested. Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I may sew this again, but it's quite unique so it would have to be from quite different fabric. Conclusion:
I am rather chuffed that I dyed the fabric and made the dress myself - a first for me. I wanted to make the most of my hand-dyed fabric and I think this style has done it justice. I love the light, summery feel of the dress and the detailing makes it extra special. I am very happy with this pattern and would highly recommend the pattern and the book.
More info about the dyeing and the dress is available on my blog