|Pattern Description: |
Button down shirt dress with elastic shirring on back.
2-16 (bust 32-46). I cut a size 10 and graded out to a 14 in the waist.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes it did.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I did not have any trouble with the instructions, except a small part about how the pockets go on, but I think a more experienced sewer wouldn't have any trouble.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I wish that the waist was marked on the back dress piece. I graded out at the waist in the bodice and skirt front, and it was really hard to tell where I should add my alterations on the back. Also, I felt like the sleeves were a touch too poofy, but that's my personal preference. I narrowed the shoulders and took out some sleeve puffiness in my version.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I did a 1" FBA and I added a couple inches at the waist. I also narrowed the shoulders, de-poofed the sleeves, and shortened the sleeves a bit.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
When I finally finished it, I wasn't in love with it, but now it's become a staple part of my wardrobe. I felt like the elastic in the back was really aggressively stretchy and it was pulling the button placket apart. I ended up just sewing my buttons closed there.
I think I'll sew this again, but with some alterations. I am not wild about the collar or the sleeves, but I have the dress fitted to me and I might just use it as a sloper.