Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?yes
Were the instructions easy to follow?yes--no surprises here.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?the collar is beautiful, and theoretically it's a great dress for colder months with boots and maybe a cardigan or jacket over it
The sleeves have classic cuff detailing but at an elbow length which is cute and unexpected.
Fabric Used:Ella Moss modal jersey from Harts Fabric and a poly spandex knit to line it as it was too sheer on its own
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
The easy part--I shortened it by 5" as otherwise it would've hit me mid-calf making it even more matronly!
I also added the lining as there is quite a good bit of ease in this dress. I've sadly learned the hard way that when Burda doesn't allow you extra ease for a lining, you shouldn't add one even if you're smart enough to make it work. The Murphy's Law of Burda dictates that if there isn't a lining, there's something with that pattern that makes a lining not work. In the case of this pattern, it's the need for drape. The dress itself is shapeless and must be styled with a belt to add a waist to it and the lining adds unnecessary bulk at the middle.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?I still have hope for this dress as a pattern, but the right knit is all important. It must be stable (for the sake of 15 buttonholes), have good drape and not too much bulk. If you find that magic combo, you'll sail through making this dress and you'll end up with a classic look that's easy to accessorize in the colder months of the year.
Conclusion: I'm pretty sure my issues with this one were user inflicted. More on my blog. ~E Made This