|Well, the template doesn't seem to be working, so I'll wing it I LOVE this dress!!! It's an asymmetrical design, which I was drawn to immediately. I used a nice rayon, but lined the bodice in a lightweight cotton since I didn't have enough of my main fabric to self-line. |
Something to watch out for: Usually when you cut out a pattern, it's ok to flip some pieces so they fit better on your fabric. Not so with an asymmetrical design like this! Since you only cut one of each piece, make sure to cut each one the right way (assuming your fabric is one-sided, of course). I cut two of the four skirt pieces backwards. I worked it out, but could have saved some trouble for myself if I'd been paying attention.
Also, I think the bodice lining should have been drafted separately because having the pleats in both the bodice and the lining add some bulk. Next time I will probably sew the lining pleats down a ways so they are flatter. I didn't bother lining the skirt at all. I also left out the side zipper since elastic helps shape the waistline. I can get it on just fine with minimal wiggling.
I will definitely make this again, both the one shouldered view and probably the long sleeved one too. The elastic makes it more comfortable for everyday wear than some of the more structured designs, which will make this a great Summer dress.
If you're a beginner, I'd tackle the cutting part with help because it could get confusing, but the sewing is pretty straightforward.