|Pattern Description: |
Pullover v-neck dress with fitted bodice and side zipper, pleated skirt.
6-14 for the bodice- I cut a 10.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Skirt: I love the pleats on the skirt pattern. No complaints!
Bodice: I picked the bodice for the V-neckline, and I thought the drawing on the envelope was really cute. In hindsight, the shoulders aren't particularly flattering on me, and I prefer a more fitted bodice. There are only 2 lower darts at the front of this bodice, and I think my shape really needs the side darts for a nice looking fit.
Cotton for the doll print. The bodice is a woven silk. The bodice and bottom trim are lined in a matching fabric from the special occasions fabrics at Joann (probably polyester).
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I decided to line the bodice, which was more complicated than I thought it would be. The original pattern is self faced at the neckline, and has separate facings for the arms. The neckline facings work very well, but the arm facings were a hassle to put on when I muslined this. I made a bit of a mess attempting to line this on my own, without consulting any tutorials or lined bodice instructions from other patterns, but I got it done in the end!
For the skirt, I changed it from a back zip to size zip, which was no big deal at all. I also added a pocket.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I wouldn't sew the bodice again. I think there are probably better, more flattering, V-neck dress patterns out there.
This is my second time sewing a skirt from Simplicity 1873, and I'm very happy with how it turned out.
Overall, I am happy with how this turned out. I think the skirt portion is really cute, and came out just like I wanted. I'd pick a different bodice pattern to work with if I had to do it again, but I'm not entirely unhappy with it, and making this was a good learning experience. More pictures and details on my blog.