Pattern Description: I made the view with the non-pleated skirt and strapless bodice. I added halter neck straps and a belt. This dress was made for a 40th Birthday party in Hawaiian theme.
Pattern Sizing: I purchased the smaller of the two size options even though my waist and hip measurements have me at a size 16. I cut a 14 which is very comfortable but I think I could have gotten away with a 12 over the bust area as it's not as tight as it could be.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Somewhat
Were the instructions easy to follow?I don't think I used them
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The ease of everything going together. i had no trouble with this pattern.
Fabric Used: Hawaiian print cotton from Spotlight
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I lined the whole dress by making another in lining fabric. I then added plastic boning to the inside of the lining in order to give the bodice a little more structure. I added halter straps which you can't see because of my hair. I also did a lapped zipper because I wanted to be in keeping with 50's style dresses. I also added a belt which I made myself.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I have used this pattern twice already to make a very different looking dress (pattern review to come). I did have trouble with the fit of other style but this one fit reasonably well.
Conclusion: This is such a versatile pattern. I could see it being used for formal dresses but it's just as useful as a basic dress pattern for anything along the lines of coming in at the waist and flaring out.
And in case anyone wants to know - the shoes (the fabulous shoes) are Mel by Melissa in Apple Red. They are divine - I'm not a heels girl and I wore these all night without any problem. They are like wearing jelly sandles - mould to your feet and I was totally blister free. Also they are not hot to wear like one would expect from a plastic shoe.