Pattern Description: Knee length, fitted, sheath dress with sleeveless, cap sleeve or elbow length sleeves with french cuff, with or without bias collar, skirt has kick pleat. Front bodice with darts or with side pleats.
I had this pattern for a few years and decided it was time to make it up so I have a nice dress ready and waiting when needed. I made view E, with the elbow length sleeves and cuffs and darted front bodice and added the collar.
b>Pattern Sizing: 6-8-10-121-14-16 Someone else mentioned it- there are many pattern sheets to sort through to find your size and pieces for your version.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Absolutely.
Were the instructions easy to follow? New Look instructions are well written with good diagrams.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The retro, sexy secretary look of it appeals to me.
Fabric Used: "spongy" heavy, dark blue, rayon/polyester/lycra crepe
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: No design changes- just combined two versions. Because of the fitted style I made a muslin to figure out my SBA. For New Look patterns I usually have to raise the bust dart - for this dress I have raised it by 1/4 ". I followed Vogue Sewing (2000 edition) instructions for doing the SBA. I used white nylon fusible knit interfacing for the sleeve cuffs and and pale grey lightweight weft interfacing for the neck facings only because I ran out of (or can't find) my black fusible knit interfacing. I was considering but in the end didn't fuse interfacing over the zipper area to stabilize it. I decided it would add unwanted bulk to my thick fabric. To remove excess fabric around the front neck I slashed and overlapped removing about 1/8 inch on each side of the neck on the front bodice piece.
I used buttons from my stash. If I find nicer buttons I'll exchange them. The seam at the cuff needs to be tacked to keep it from rolling out.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I highly recommend this pattern - love the collar and cuffs and it is easy to put together.