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|Jalie: 3024 (Dresses) - Type:Dresses |
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|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
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|Fabric:||Slinky [See other projects in this fabric]|
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Fitted empire-waist knit dress with waist inset and choice of 3 upper bodices/necklines: A: Boat neck with short kimono sleeve (with binding on wrong side of neckline), B: Sleeveless crossover neckline with visible binding, C: Sleeveless scoopneck with visible binding. A flounce can be sewn to the hem (shown with view A on the cover).
Girls size 2 to Women's 22. I made a size 8/L for my six year old DD whose measurements fit a size 5/I exactly across the board and boy am I thrilled that I did! I did some quick measurements on the paper pattern and realized every one was spot-on, you need to size up on this considerably. I sized up three sizes, and I would still say it skims her body. I am delighted with the size I made and how it fits, but this must be one snug fitting dress as designed and made per the measurements.
I would caution that if sizing this up for children, keep in mind the width of the boatneck. I didn't adjust for this and probably would if I made this up again for DD at her current size as it's just a tad wide at the neck but not falling off her but close if one side gets off center as she wears it. I was so nervous about the fit every where else that I forgot to measure the neck before I traced/cut, oh well, live and learn.... My daughter is super tall for her age so I didn't have to adjust for height at all.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes. Here's a picture of the back although it's interchangeable with the front for this pattern which is great for kids! DD is wearing leggings and socks in the pictures, because it is terribly cold here at the time but think this would look better without.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
- Love the options with this as things can be reconfigured very easily to make different dress styles.
- Sizing options are awesome with Jalie - what a great thing especially if you are sewing for multiple people
- None other than maybe trying to get the right size on this but as long as you know going in to size up/larger at least two, if not three sizes, you're good.
- No lining pattern but extremely easy to draft up and add. I would advocate adding a lining to this version of the dress since it is slim fitting even with a larger size.
A polyester slinky knit from Fabic.com that had a color fade across it from the depths of my fabric stash (yeah!) and some white, nice grade, stretchy tricot that I got for $1/yard from Walmart (and you bet I bought the whole bolt!). My daughter loved the pink floral slinky knit and honestly it wasn't too bad to sew with on the serger and coverstitch but my regular machine wanted to eat it and the stabilizer any time it was even remotely close so we just kept it as far away as possible! : ) Unfortunately the fabric made it look more like a nightgown than I had intended (especially with the ruffle on the dress), but my daughter loves it, and it's cute.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
- I redrafted the waist inset onto the skirt piece like so many other reviewers as I wasn't using a contrast fabric and just thought this would work better.
- I took the bodice front/back, waist inset and skirt front/back and drafted a one piece lining pattern based on them. I then sewed up the lining and attached it to the dress at the neck, making the sleeve and dress hem slightly shorter on the lining so they wouldn't show underneath.
- I added stabilization to the shoulder seams via Stay Tape.
- Even though I added a full lining, I still did the neckline binding as I wanted the outside fabric to extend slightly to the inside so the lining wouldn't show at all since it was white tricot.
- I went with the rolled hem on my serger for the ruffle hem, and it turned out cute.
- I coverstitched the sleeve hems and neck binding with a 3mm hem. I had half a thought afterwards of maybe making the sleeves a ruffle edge hem just to match the ruffle but not sure how this would have looked.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
This is a great dress pattern with various options and even more options with a little drafting. I want to sew this for myself, and I know that I will be making this again for my daughter in the future thanks to Jalie sizing (how great is it?). It is so slimming on DD that I can't wait to get one in the works for myself although I will be bypassing the slinky knit! I want to do the crossover neckline with the kimono sleeve as that's too cute.
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