Pattern Description: Dress sized for knits. Option of sleeve variation, V neck with or without twisted front overlay.
Pattern Sizing:Size A 8-18. I sewed size 12.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes. pretty much. I sewed a blue cotton jersey with short sleeves and a purple stretch velvet with the long wider sleeves gathered at the wrist.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. The instructions were fairly straightfoward. Apart from being careful to check which was the right and left overlay when inserting one through the opening of the other half to create the twist effect, sewing was fairly easy.I used a serger for the seams and a cover locker for the hem. The twisted front overlay was stitched into the side seam and it does therefore pull the back in quite tightly.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked the idea of a twisted front though I was concerned in case it was too full around the front due to the gathers in the skirt joined just under the bust.
I'm not too keen on the short sleeves of the blue dress but can live with them. Short sleeves
For the long sleeved velvet version I had the smooth side of the nap running down, I think it would have been a richer better colour if it had been the other way round. However the twist front has the effect of showing the contrast of the nap across the bust. I think a striped fabric might work well with this effect too.Velvet twist
I think a smoother look to the back would have been acheived if the back of the dress was sewn as one without a seam across. I don't know why I didn't do this for the second attempt!
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: None
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I have sewn it twice and I may try a sleeveles version for the summer. I think the plain V neck without the twist may be rather plain and uninteresting.
Conclusion: This is an easy pattern to sew in knits and I would recommend it.