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MISSES' DRESS: Close-fitting, flared, pullover dress has seam detail and narrow hem. B: cut on crosswise grain.
I made view A with a slightly shorter length and color-blocked the side scoops. Here's a better picture of the front of the dress.
I made a size 12 for a 36" bust being a knit, and I think the fit is good on this. My first thought after trying it on was that I should have just cut a 14 on top and a 12 on the bottom (to fit my measurements) as this is meant to be close-fitting. Vogue provides no finished garment measurements on this and so I just went with past experience on sizing down with knits on Vogue. This fits okay thanks to the glory of stretch however being a poly ITY, it shows everything underneath, and I would rather not have the imprint of my bra show through. The side seams are straight and aren't being pulled so I believe the size is spot-on just a close-fitter. I'm wondering if adding a lining would have helped more than size here. I sure hope Vogue isn't eliminating finished garment measurements via the way of the last Buttericks I have bought as I use this to help gauge sizing up front.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes although I should note that I shortened the length due to a cutting miscalculation. The skirt for view A is still below the knee if made as directed even though it is the shorter length option of this dress.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes. There aren't many for this, but they are very straight forward.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
- Cute little dress with a great skirt. It's a full skirt but not ridiculously full.
- Lots of options for this with various color-blocking, stripes, zig-zags, etc. Very quick and easy to whip up, narrow hems aside.
DISLIKES/THINGS TO BE AWARE OF -
- Some what of a fabric hog for a knit dress although not bad I guess considering the fuller skirt. This is because the entire top and bottom of the dress are in one giant piece for the front and one for the back that includes a full skirt. This is great for sewing speed but takes some yardage to accomplish. I needed a little over 2 yards just to get the front and back pieces cut out and unfortunately I had 2 yards of the main fabric so thus the shorter skirt on mine.
- Vogue wants you to topstitch the armhole seam allowance back onto the dress. I did this but personally found that it looked off without the side front/back seams also being topstitched - either they looked naked/unfinished or the armhole seam stood out and really shouldn't (they are right next to each other). I'm a sucker for topstitching, but I think if you do the armhole, you need to also topstitch the side front/back seams so I did this and was very happy with the result. I'd say either topstitch or don't but keep it consistent. I realize they are also trying to make the seam allowance lay the right way underneath, but I didn't find this to be a problem with a serged, pressed seam anyway.
- Neckline isn't faced or bound (which I realize most people would applaud as a pro) or stabilized (neither are shoulder seams). I used Steam-a-Seam and a chainstitch to stabilize and sew it, but I like the look of a nice neck binding better if it's well done. As directed this makes for a quick sew and looks nice so I can't complain, just something to mention.
- Hem lengths provided are 5/8". I dislike this in knits, but in this case, it's because they are recommending a narrow hem. Narrow hems are on the neckline, sleeves, and skirt hem.
Polyester lycra ITY knits from Fabric Mart Fabrics. The bulk of the dress is in a red tangerine color and the scoops are in a pale tangerine.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
- I topstitched the side front/back seams.
- I shortened the dress by taking a 1 1/4" hem instead of the 5/8" recommended. I miscalculated my fabric requirements when I was cutting my fabric so I had no choice but to do this (I ran out of my main fabric...short by a mere 3/4") as I had a small area toward the front skirt bottom where the fabric wasn't the full length but squeaked out the rest so I could just take a deeper hem and escape.
- I stabilized the neckline and shoulder seams
- I did a narrow 3mm coverstitch hem on the dress rather than the narrow hem directed. This is a full skirt and the thought of doing more tedious narrow hems on this just didn't appeal to me at the end of the project. The hem hangs well and still looks nice so I'm happy.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I plan on sewing this again using one of the many zig-zag fabrics in my stash. I think view B is interesting, and there's lots of options for either version of this dress. It's a fairly quick sew and cute.
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