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Posted on:11/6/10 4:53 PM
Review Rating: Helpful by 2 people    Very Helpful by 16 people   
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becca a said... (6/17/15 1:26 PM) Reply
Beautiful dress. All your adjustments paid off.
snicks70 said... (10/20/11 8:54 AM) Reply
So cute! Sounds like a lot of effort re sizing and alterations but it looks worth it. This will be my next project thanx to your inspiration
Bonnie123 said... (9/16/11 9:27 AM) Reply
Very Cute! Nice job.
NJcowgirl said... (7/2/11 7:10 PM) Reply
I just bought this pattern and then read your thorough review. Your comments are excellent and well thought-out. The dress is beautiful and looks great on you. I'll be making it also--but not in a size 2 ;>)
carolbee said... (4/5/11 0:11 AM) Reply
Thanks so much for this review--I,too, basted the lining and found that it's too tight in bust and much to large in waist and hips. Strange shape!
JennyAnne said... (1/10/11 9:30 PM) Reply
Thanks for the great review! I bought this pattern and am debating making it up in a pretty, printed charmeuse. I think I'll make the lining first, as a kind of muslin, to see if I like the shape.
ShelBr said... (12/29/10 11:42 PM) Reply
This dress looks fab on you. Side seams - don't stand still too long for anyone to notice. I believe that a little stretch when sewing bias side seams is necessary. Maybe you will have to make a jacket with an adjusted neckline! Would a knit bolero style (can't think of proper name) work? Or a thin skivvy/sweater worn underneath. Belted would make another look. Hmm, I should have bought size 12 instead of size 14. I wish Vogue would overlap their sizings. As I live in a hot climate I was thinking of making it unlined in cotton fabric with bias binding armholes, neckline and hemline.
Fictionfan said... (12/19/10 3:43 PM) Reply
Pretty dress! 1) One suggestion for the future when petite-ing a pattern: When you size the pattern down, for the pieces like the bow that are the same for all sizes, the feature may look too large for the smaller size you are making, so it may be a good idea to size those pieces down just a bit as well. The same advice goes for when a pattern is enlarged a lot. The extras look best when in proportion to the size of the garment and the person. Actually, I've done this for patterns that I've shortened a lot, even when the size around isn't changed much. One size fits all doesn't always look fantastic even when it works for the construction. It's worth experimenting to get the right proportions. 2) In answer to your question about the jersey and lengthwise or bias: knits can be very interesting when cut on bias, and all jerseys are not stretchy in one or both directions, nor do they all have good recoverability back to the original state when stretched. I've worked with some jerseys that are quite stable, and are best to be cut as if they are wovens. 3) Your rolled hems look just fine. No hemmer foot goes over seams well. I always stop just before and restart just after the seams rather than try to get the foot to accept the seam. 4) Great job on this dress, especially for a beginner! Bias cuts can be tricky, but they drape so nicely!
smwknits said... (12/19/10 1:23 PM) Reply
Beautiful dress! I've been thinking of doing this as a top in red silk charmeuse to wear with black pants.
JETrinity said... (11/11/10 9:42 AM) Reply
Congratulations on your first review. You did a great job.
PetitePear said... (11/8/10 2:09 PM) Reply
Thank you so much for all the kind comments. I really appreciate it. I have been thinking about making the dress symmetrical like the right side (extended shoulder w/o bow and gather) but, looking at the pattern piece, I don't think it's possible to do that on the fold. The line that indicates center-front at the neckline is not the same as the line that bisects the waist/hip/hemline. I think it's because the gather from the left side extends all the way to the right and acts like a dart there. So I'd have to do fancy dart rotation and end up with a dart or gather or pleat somewhere on the right side. That's beyond my ability at this point but maybe one day!
Christas said... (11/7/10 11:07 PM) Reply
I tried to buy this pattern at the Hancock's sale today and they were OUT. Your dress looks beautiful and I really like your fabric choices a lot!
Elona said... (11/7/10 3:05 AM) Reply
It really is a cute dress with a beautiful hang! If, as Mel.J says, you were to omit the bow, you would have the all time classy little T-shirt dress, the kind people would look at and think, "Why the heck does that simple dress look so terrific on her??"
NC Carol said... (11/6/10 10:09 PM) Reply
Cute! I just bought this pattern today and was wondering if it ran big/small or what. It looks like a good, quick dress for the holidays. Thanks for the info!
crazygrad said... (11/6/10 8:28 PM) Reply
Really pretty, and those shoes are gorgeous!
Mel.J said... (11/6/10 7:58 PM) Reply
You did a great salvage job, it's definitely both cute & wearable. You've achieved a flattering shape (which sounds like it took a lot of effort for a simple dress). You could make it again without the bow, just make both sides the same by cutting the front pattern piece on the fold. I think that would make a lovely wardrobe basic.
bettimon said... (11/6/10 6:33 PM) Reply
What a cute dress! It sounds like it gave you considerable trouble, but it really is CUTE! Love the way the bias cut makes it look on you. Very flattering.
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