Pattern Description: Misses dress with sleeve and neckline options
Pattern Sizing: Standard US sizing. I used the size 18 which was dead on with my measurements.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, as a matter of fact it did. Better, actually. I made View B.
Were the instructions easy to follow? VERY easy. This is something that New Look patterns are very good about.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like that it had a minimum number of pieces and that all the notches/markings matched up the way they were supposed to.
Fabric Used: Novelty cotton in a retro Star Trek print.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I had to pinch out about 3-4 inches at the top of the back neck to accomodate my narrow shoulders but it was an easy fix to taper that down to the waist. I also bound the sleeve edges with a contrast binding and added contrast piping between the bodice and skirt.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes and Yes. Unreservedly.
Conclusion: Because of my lower abdomen's puffiness, I was concerned about the ruching at the waist, but I shouldn't have been. It's high enough up that it doesn't draw attention to that figure "flaw".
I did have a moment of panic when I realized that I didn't have *quite* enough fabric to make it work, but because of the nature of the design, I was able to piece it and no one would be the wiser if I didn't say anything.
The skirt length is perfect, too. I made a narrow hem using Gertie's technique and was pleased with the effect.
The only thing missing from this outfit is a sterling silver Enterprise pendant from ThinkGeek...