Misses' dresses with sleeve variations and seaming details. Cynthia Rowley Pattern Collection. I attempted to make view B with piping
I cut a 12
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
I never finished it, I suspect it will not end up like the photo, see below.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Not really, they mix up the instructions jumping between dresses A, B and C, it is not clear when they change back to the dress option you are working on.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I stopped and gave up after spending a month trying to fit the bodice. I believe there are some serious drafting flaws in this pattern. The photographed dress on the envelope does not appear to be made using the drafted pattern provided, the bodice appears longer in the photo so that the diagonal shaping lines cross over the bust point but the patterned bodice is shorter so these lines cross too high and do not provide any shaping at all. I ended up with puffy extra fabric above the bust.
The bodice is lined so it is disappointing that the instructions for attaching this lining will leave you with exposed internal seams at the sleeve and waistband.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
If you really really want to make this dress then you will need to make up a muslin and be prepared for some serious corrective re-drafting.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I wrote a bit more about this disastrous project on my blog
the curious kiwi