|Pattern Description: |
Classic shift dress with knife pleats
I made a size 12, even though according to the pattern measurements I should have made a size 16. The size 12 fits really well aside from a few larger areas (at the back) and the arm holes.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, pretty dead on!
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Very easy to follow, the most complicated (read, time consuming) part is lining up the knife pleats.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The style is very flattering and versatile, I could add pockets on the side if I wanted, I could add piping around the arm holes, layer in some ribbon under the pleating. Really, the options are limitless.
This great poplin I found at Fabricville for 6$/Metre. I love the "toile" print!
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I didn't follow the sewing lines for the pleating. I took a shortcut by making two pleats and then adding a third through the middle so they all lined up.
I shortened the skirt length by 1-1/2" (my first time ever doing so successfully!) though, I would shorten the bodice as well when I make this again.
I topstitched around the neckline and armholes to stop the lining from popping out. I think the next time, I might just fully line the bodice, that way, there won't be any issues with the sleeves coming out.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I will most definitely be sewing this again. It is a superbly comfortable dress and though I still need to make a few alterations.
This was the type of pattern that makes me happy. It all fit together really easily, as I was making it, it was easy to recognize the end product and that really motivates me to finish up.