|Pattern Description: One Piece Dress with collar options and choice of short cuffed sleeve or three quarter sleeve, copyright 1954|
Pattern Sizing: Size 14, Bust 32 - I graded up, although this particular pattern does have quite a bit of ease built in
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Sort of, although the sleeves do change the appearance of the finished garment.
Were the instructions easy to follow? This is a vintage pattern, so it assumes that you know a fair amount of sewing knowledge. The diagrams and wording is clear, but I would not say this is a first or second project pattern for someone.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I really love this pattern. I used it to make my I Love Lucy costume a few years ago, but felt like I needed another version for everyday wear. That, and I had not played with the darted skirt pieces for my original make and was curious to see how I would like the feature.
*Cotton (for interfacing)
*Button Form/Buckle kits
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: This is actually the second time I have made this pattern, so I did make a few significant changes. I knew that I wanted a long-sleeve for my silk dupioni version, so I combined the sleeve head of the existing pattern with the bottom of a reproduction.
Turns out, I did not have enough of my pumpkin silk for the oversized collar and long sleeve version I dreamed up in my head, so I had to find a suitable contrast.
Once I found my brown silk, I had to decide where to put the contrasting accents. The collar was obvious, because I simply could not fit those pattern pieces on the scraps I had leftover. But I thought it needed more brown, so I added a covered ring backing to my bodice buttons, and brown loops to the cuff. The belt was the final finishing touch.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would absolutely recommend this pattern. I will probably put this one back in the stash for a bit, but it may come in handy at some point in the future.
Conclusion: I believe I am more pleased with this two-tone design than I would have been with a solid orange frock. Sometimes things work out for the best!
More pictures may be found over on my blog, Lilacs & Lace.