|Pattern Description: |
Simple but sophisticated, this dress has an elasticised waist for easy wear, extended shoulders and a fashionable front skirt over lay which falls beautifully.
As an option the front skirt overlay can be deleted if a plain front dress is preferred, so easy make it in an afternoon.
Single size - choose from Australian sizes 6 to 30.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes! Though I am wider than the illustration, hahaha!
Were the instructions easy to follow?
They were brief, but not confusing. It made sense to me, but then I've sewed similar patterns before. They're probably not detailed enough for absolute beginners (not many diagrams either) - but I bet StyleArc or the Pattern Review forums could help if you were struggling.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
- it looks like the illustration
- it is a great style
- easy and quick to sew
- pattern comes on proper paper
- single size means I save time tracing
- pattern comes in an A4 pocket, meaning it can go in a binder
- comes with swatches of suggested fabrics
- can be made in a knit or light woven
I thought it was cotton, but I've decided it's probably got some polyester - it's sort of a rough cheesecloth texture... basically, I've got no idea what it is or where it came from!
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I didn't make any this time - I wanted to get a feel for StyleArc's shape and size. That's also why I sewed this in a woven.
I made this in a straight 14, which matches my hip size. The bust size is somewhere between my high bust and full bust. In future, I'd probably give myself a couple of extra inches at the bust (but this is to be expected, given my size). Other than that, it's very true to the measurements on the website.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
If I want/need another dress of this style, I won't hesitate to come back to this pattern. I'd definitely recommend it to others!
I know some people hesitate at the price... AU$15 plus the postage (when combined with two other patterns I ordered) comes to around US$22 for me. If I buy a Vogue pattern in-store in NZ, it costs around US$25 plus petrol. If I order online from a US store on sale, it will still cost me around US$15 (and takes weeks to arrive).
I then have to trace it, and I find the Big 4 pattern sizing and ease to be wildly inconsistent. On the other hand, this pattern fits the measurements for the single size, and I save time by just cutting it out. The paper is also much more robust than tissue.
Everyone will have their own opinion, but I think these patterns are worth the price you pay
This will be a good summer dress - it can be casual or more formal, depending on the fabric selection. Versatile, comfortable, and flattering.