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Reviewed by:MissMarnie

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Posted on:7/26/14 1:50 PM
Pattern Size:Plus-Sized Regular 
Project Photo:Colette Patterns: 1030 by MissMarnie

Colette Patterns: 1030 by MissMarnie  
Pattern Photo:Colette Patterns 1030
Colette Patterns Pattern Info
Pattern Rating:Recommend, with Modifications
Review Rating: Helpful by 2 people    Very Helpful by 6 people   
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Available for sale on PR: $18.00 Pattern Details
Fabric:Slinky  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description: From the site: "Myrtle has a beautifully draped cowl neckline, a comfortable and figure skimming elasticized waist, and a flowing gathered skirt with in-seam pockets.

The skirt of Version 1 falls just below the knee. Version 2 features adjustable button-on shoulder tabs and an above-the-knee hemline."

Pattern Sizing: XS-3XL, Cut the XS, in the shorter length, without the button tabs. As a side note, I was between the XS and S size so I cut the smaller of the two and it fit fine. I might go to the bigger size if I sew this in a woven.

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 are very clear and complete, with a pretty clever method of construction. I didn't use the layout guide for cutting, which cuts everything with the fabric folded once, down the middle. Instead, I folded both selvages into the middle and was able to cut out the whole garment with less fabric.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I knew I had to have this pattern the moment I saw it. I just love a cowl neck and this is such a cute design. I'll probably do what I did with the weekender dress, and covert this to a top pattern, at some point.

There are two things I'll change the next time I sew this:
1. I don't see any reason for the back skirt (but not the back bodice) to be seamed up the center back. There's no shaping in the center back seam, so I'd lose the seam allowance and cut it on the fold. With my cutting layout change, it should be no problem to cut this piece on the fold without adding more yardage, though that is probably not true if you are working with a 48" wide fabric.
2. I couldn't finish the waist in the manner indicated because the torso wasn't long enough. I'm going to need to add at least an inch to the body. I'm long-waisted so this isn't a huge surprise to me but I haven't sewn colette patterns before and wanted to sew this up, as drafted, to see what I'm starting from

I might also cut a self- or coordinating-fabric sash to cover the elastic waist.

Fabric Used: Some sort of really light slinky knit. It looks like garbage bag plastic on the "right" side so I sewed it inside out. This is definitely a wearable muslin.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I didn't actually make any mods other than leaving off the pockets, but I will next time around. To keep the seams from puckering, I sewed all the long seams with tissue paper adjacent to the feed dogs. It helped a lot. I also used some fusible tricot around the back armhole and neck, before hemming them.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Absolutely. It's a really fun pattern, very easy to make and flattering. There are also instructions for working it in a woven fabric, if you are so inclined.

Conclusion: I enjoyed sewing this and am looking forward to doing so again.
Available for sale on PR: $18.00 Pattern Details
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JOshiro said...
I laughed at the "garbage bag" description. It has good drape, though!
7/30/14 11:40 AM
Jodi Lynn said...
The drape of your dress is lovely.
7/27/14 8:44 PM
ASiverson said...
I purchased this pattern and can't wait to sew it up. Love your version! TFS!
7/27/14 1:58 PM
Re Becca said...
Cute, you fabric really drapes well for this pattern.
7/26/14 6:41 PM
michellep74 said...
Cute dress!
7/26/14 2:59 PM
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