Misses' & Miss petite dress in two lengths with pleated skirt and loose fitting cape jacket. Cynthia Rowley Collection.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes. Although, in my opinion, the cover-photo for the pattern is not the most flattering dress for the model's body and doesn't fit too well. There are much more flattering versions on this website!
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, instructions were very easy to follow.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I really like that this pattern can be adapted for a winter or summer dress. I made it for a New Years dress in a heavier fabric but I have seen some lovely summer dresses made from the pattern as well. I also like that the bodice is simple and can be altered. I want to make it into a summer fit-and-flare dress with a lowered scoopneck back.
A woven fabric - I want to call it a brocade but I'm terrible with identifying fabric types. I used what I think was suppose to be the 'wrong' side of the fabric but found it much prettier than the 'right' side. It had a beautiful metallic pattern to it.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I removed an inch from the torso (typical for me). Also, while I was fitting the dress on myself I found there was quite a bit of extra fabric at the neckline such that it extended outwards. Somehow this mostly disappeared after I finished the garment but next time I'll alter the pattern to remove some of the fabric.
Also, beware, that the skirt is VERY short. I cut the longer view based on other reviews and still found it to be too short before adding a hem (I'm ~5'8"). I removed the final pleat closest to the zipper based on others' reviews, and there's definitely still enough fabric to the skirt.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Great versatile dress pattern and easy to whip together. Full blog post here.