|Pattern Description: |
Dresses have shoulder pads, close-fitting, bias, self-lined front bodice with gathered shoulders and right side, tucked left side, pleated drape, and stitched hems. C and D: close-fitting through hips.
8-24W. I cut a 12: view D. There were no bust/hip/waist measurements on the pattern. Get with it, McCall's!
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, they were. There seemed like a lot of them for the dress that resulted, though! Ha.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I thought that a self-lined bodice was a little odd in a knit dress, but it really is necessary to help give the gathers a little structure. The whole thing went together fairly quickly (about 5 hours).
The drape made things a little bulky at the waistline, (11 layers of fabric to sew through!), but it was nothing my serger couldn't handle. Beware of using a heavy knit with this drape: see MazzyGirl's review.
Poly ITY knit.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I did a "cheat" FBA by adding 1/2" to the bottom of the bust, and truing out to the side seams. I think it worked out pretty well...woohoo for cheating!
I also did a sort of swayback adjustment (AKA another cheat) mid-construction, because I could see it would be too long in the back. Cut off 1/2". Then, after serging the skirt on, I went back and serged another 1/4" off in the middle back (again, truing to the side seams). It's still a little long, but that might just be because of my body and not the pattern.
Instead of sewing a casing into the waistline, I just serged it. It was a little funny looking after that, so I took 1/4" elastic and stretched while sewing it onto just the serged seam allowance. Worked out great!
Pretty negligible, but I used a 1" hem instead of the prescribed 5/8".
I also chose to omit the shoulder pads.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes. It's a pretty dress with minimal fuss. I don't know that I'd recommend it as a pattern for someone who is *just* starting out with knits, but anyone else should have at 'er!
I like it! And so does the boyfriend. ;) I will definitely be making another at some point without the sleeves - when I got to that point in construction I really considered not adding them, because it was so cute, but sleeves are just better for Winter!
More photos on my blog.