Wrap front dress has soft pleats, side tie, and sleeve variations. Dress B has collar. I made version B Pattern Sizing:
Envelope measurements put me at a 14 but judging by the flat pattern measurements and tissue fitting, I cut a 12 and it was perfect. Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
The pattern images show more room under the arms. Mine is a little closer to the body. And of course the skirt is different, but more about that in the alterations. Were the instructions easy to follow?
Very much so. Even to the point where I didn't know where it was leading me with the sleeve band but I followed blindly and it turned out perfect. What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the collar. This was my first one and it just falls perfectly. I'm not a fan of the facings. I ended up tacking them all down with hand stitching because they would turn to the outside.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I removed 36" from the skirt sweep. Thanks to all the reviewers who mentioned that the skirt was too full. I wanted to have the look of a DVF wrap which has a straight skirt. I slashed from the hem to the waist line 4 times on the front and 3 in the back and overlapped the sections decreased the fullness. I then altered the cutting layout to save fabric. I also cut the back skirt on the fold.
Accidentally I interfaced both sides of the collar. But I'm very happy with the outcome. I made a 1/2" hem because the length was perfect before hemming. If you're tall, I'd recommend adding a few inches to the skirt. Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I really want to make several versions of this dress: no collar, short sleeve, solid colour. I'd even love to lengthen the bodice and make a shirt. Conclusion:
Hundreds of reviews weren't wrong. It's quick (cutting to hemming in 2 evenings work), flattering and versatile.