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|Deer&Doe: Robe Belladone (Robe Belladone) - Type:Dresses |
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|Pattern Rating:||Easy & Great for Beginners |
|Fabric:||Cotton Sateen [See other projects in this fabric]|
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Translated from the Deer & Doe website: "Backless dress fitted at the waist with a flared skirt with front pleats. Neck and armholes bias and Italian pockets"
It comes in a European size, from 36 to 46. I made the 44.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Pretty much exactly! I made it up as the pattern specified.
More pictures and what not here:
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Hmm. I followed the pictures. My high school french didn't really get me very far! The dress pattern is fairly simplistic, and the instructions reflect this.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The diamond shaped cutout at the back! It's really a v-neck line back with two shaped pieces of fabric that overlay and join at the back of the neck. Pretty simplistic, really - but a lovely design feature.
Also, the pattern does away with facings or lining by using bias binding at the neckline and arms. It's a lovely way of quickly finishing something and getting a bit of visual interest with a contrasting binding at the same time!
The pockets at the front are great, although they could be a little deeper. That is easily fixed though
I didn't really like having the seam allowances flopping around the waistband though, so I sewed in some petersham ribbon to hold it in place.
A stretch cotton sateen in a navy/royal blue, with some digitally printed silk chiffon in a blotchy, almost 'galaxy-print'-esq style. Had I known silk chiffon would be so frustrating to work with, I would have chosen something different!!
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I had an issue with the way the zip in the centreback seam is finished, so I drafted a facing to go here.
I made a toile to test the fit and size, and had problems with the centreback gaping. A few other sewing-enthusiasts I know who have made this pattern had the same problem, and I wonder if it has to do with the back neckline being on the bias? I would recommend if you make this to block fuse the back pieces, or use some kind of seam-stabiliser across the v-neck back. I fixed this in my toile, then of course when I went to sew with my stretch cotton sateen, I had to take it in some more (entirely my fault for toiling with a woven rather than a stretch fabric though). oops!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Probably not, although I do really like this dress. If you like it, go for it.
A simple pattern that is surprisingly easy and quick to sew together. I would highly recommend it!
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