|Vogue Patterns: 8975 (Misses' Dress and Jacket) - Type:Dresses |
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|Reviewed by:||Sharon M|
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|Posted on:||2/17/14 9:13 AM |
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|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
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|Fabric:||ITY Jersey [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: A Marcy Tilton design, described as very loose-fitting, pullover dress (close-fitting through bust) with seam detail forming draped pockets and shaped hemline, and front longer than back.|
Pattern Sizing: Available in XS to XXL (4-6 to 24-26). I don't know about you, but I dislike the patterns that are sized this way as I am on the small side of the M (12-14) and never know if I should sew the M or sew the S. In this case I cut in between S and M lines for the shoulder/neckline and tapered out to a M for the rest of the dress.
I also did a small (1/2") FBA since it was described as being close-fitted through the bust. If you read my blog or my reviews you're aware that I typically need an FBA on everything. For this dress, my upper bust measurement would put me on the lower side of the S but my full bust measurement would put me the lower side of the L. A bit of dilemma here...so even though this is a knit dress I wanted it to fit me as the designer intended and I added to the bust.
Okay, that FBA was soooo not needed. I ended up taking the dress in about 1" on each side. If I hadn't already sewn the lower back panel to the back I would have taken in the back seam also as it's still pretty loose...even for me, someone who does like my clothes to be skin-tight. So, think about the fit you want when choosing the size to sew for this dress.
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? Yes, I did have to follow along for the most part and did have one place where my seams didn't match up. Step 4 and I still can't figure out if it was me or the pattern. When I got to step 4 where you sew the lower front to the lower side front forming the corners that eventually get tacked inside to the pockets, well my seams didn't match. One side was about 2" too long. Like I said, I couldn't figure it out so I just chopped that extra fabric off. Seems to have worked out okay.
I sewed the sleeves in flat, then sewed the side seams, which is what I typically do with knits.
Be sure to clearly mark the notches, dots and boxes. You'll need them as you construct the dress.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Very interesting shape and those pockets! Swoon! That's what sold me as this shape is very much out of my comfort zone. I was fearful it would appear dowdy on me but I think I can pull it off for this one.
Fabric Used: A black ITY knit and a stripe cotton/lycra knit both purchased in the last month from my local Hancock Fabrics store.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: As mentioned above I did a 1/2" FBA using the pivot and slide method. I did a forward should adjustment and a sway back adjustment. The FBA was not needed.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Maybe...it's pretty unique but I can see this becoming a go-to spring/summer casual dress.
Conclusion: This could become a pattern review favorite - better get sewing!
More pics on mysewing blog.
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