|Vogue Patterns: 1257 (Misses' Dress) - Type:Dresses |
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|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
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|Fabric:||Ponte Knit [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: Fitted dress has front bodice with all-in-one sleeves and back bodice has armhole seam.|
Pattern Sizing: Misses 6-20
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, and the knot even came out neatly in the back by reading and re-reading the instructions.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? As many of the other reviews have noted, the arms are way too narrow. I have kind of beefy arms to begin with, so I planned on opening them up anyway. I really like the way the skirt drapes and the flattering faux wrap style
Fabric Used: I think you would call it Ponte Knit, it is a very nice medium to heavy rayon knit blend that has two way stretch. I found it at NY Elegant Fabrics in the Garment District in NYC on my yearly trip there.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Opened up the arm width by about 3 inches. I found knitmachinequeen's review on this very helpful. Her website, http://smokingneedlesknitting.blogspot.com, shows pictures on how to slash the pattern and make the arm as wide as you need. I just measured around my arm at the widest part and used this measurement as the length from seam allowance to seam allowance on the widest part of the pattern of the arm. I ended up slashing all the way through the shoulder and making that about an inch wider at the top, so I had to extend the back bodice piece a bit to meet it, as knitmachinequeen shows on her blogspot. But it came out perfect and I didn't need to make a muslin. I also did my usual narrow shoulder alteration and swayback alteration. Also a added a few inches to the length.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I am thinking about doing this one again, the sewing part was not difficult at all and I am really pleased with the results. It was my first pattern that I made with my new walking foot and I am really excited about using the foot with knits now. The dress is very comfortable. The most time consuming part was altering the pattern for the arm, but now that I've done that I could make another one much quicker. I think finding the right fabric is key and I will keep my eye out for another one.
Conclusion: If you take the time to measure your arm and fix the narrow arm in pattern alterations, this dress comes out very nice. The all-in-one sleeves were interesting and pieced together nicely. I agree that the original pattern seems flawed in how narrow the sleeves were, or they expect you to use extremely stretchy fabric. Check out http://smokingneedlesknitting.blogspot.com for the detailed instructions, they were very helpful to me!
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