Lined dresses (5 variations) fitted through bust, mid-knee, princess seams, bias midriff and back zipper.
I did view B with the contrasting front panel.
I used size 12.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, it did.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I didn't follow the instructions very closely. I used this pattern while taking Susan Khalje's execellent Craftsy course ("The Couture Dress").
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The design is lovely. The front panel and the waistband are conducive to all kinds of different fabric and colour contrast possiblities.
I used a beautiful Japanese print cotton for the front panel and a cotton sateen for the rest. I love the look and wearability of sateen, but I find that it is awful for catching lint and therefore never looks as pristine as I would like. Also, I made the silly (and naive) mistake of underlining the sateen (which has a nice stretch) with a non-stretch poly organza. I learned the hard way... It was a bad combo. I had to remove the underlining. Once I had done that, I lined the dress. And I've ended up with a pretty nice dress. Lots of little details I tweek next time I make it.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I lengthened the bodice slightly and brought in the waist.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would! It is a beautiful pattern. I love the style and the fit is very nice. I've developed a lot as a seamstress since making this dress, so I'm excited to try it again with the new knowledge I have. I plan on making the next version with sleeves.
I would definitely recommend this dress to others.
Great dress. Lots of possibilities.
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