|Pattern Description: |
Dresses have collar, collar band, self-lined yoke back, close-fitting bodice, and band. A: carriers, purchased belt. A,B: pleated skirt, side pockets. A,C: purchased bias tape finishes armholes. D: sleeve bands. C,D: semi-fitted through hips, side front pockets, stitched hems. Bias, close-fitting slip has shoulder straps and very narrow hem. A/B, C, D cup sizes.
I made view B.
8 - 24
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the finished shape, with the pleated, full skirt and the waistband. Great for my figure. There is a fair amount of hand sewing involved in this dress: normally I would have topstitched everything, but with the linen it just didn't look right, so hand sewing it was. I wish I had added the belt loops.
100% washed linen with a great weight to it.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Minimal, although next time round I don't know if I would do a very slight FBA or just cut the next cup size up. The only changes I made were to add an inch to the length (though probably not necessary), and do a 1 inch sway back adjustment. Oh, and I removed 1.5 inches from the centre back pattern piece, which was then cut on the fold, thereby effectively eliminating 3 inches in total. I had to get creative again with the cutting layout, just squeezing this dress out of 3 metres of 137cm/ 55 inch wide fabric. I ended up cutting my waistband in 2, so it has a join in the centre back. I used the burrito method to attach the yoke, but did do all the other hand stitching as required.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I would consider sewing this again; maybe the straight skirt view (view D).
I have made the slip, now I have made the dress...and I am still not done with this pattern. Highly recommend, especially for curvy ladies.
More details and pics on my blog.