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Vogue Easy Options dress features a base with princess seams and a patchwork waistband. Variations include sleeve(less) options and a choice between knee-length straight or circle skirts. The style features lots of panels, which makes it awesome for colorblocking, contrast, and fun with piping. (Is it just my college nostalgia kicking in or would "Fun with Piping" be an awesome name for a book you'd find in a head shop?)
AA(6-8-10-12) and E5(14-16-18-20-22).
I made another version of this dress a while back, so I knew it ran a bit large. If you give this pattern a whirl, consider making it a size smaller than usual. And if you typically grade up a size or two in the hips, don't bother -- even for versions with the straight skirt. This has plenty of ease and you won't need the extra room.
The straps are also a bit long. Consider testing pattern tissue out to get a feel for how much you might want to shorten them.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Nah, but that wasn't the goal. (As far as the cut of the dress goes, the envelope's accurate.)
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I didn't bother with them this time because I'm a renegade. A badass. A thug seamstress with no regard for the rules. Danger, ya'll. This broad will rip you(r seams).
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
In general, I dig Vogue Easy Options patterns because you can get a lot of mileage out of them. This one's no exception.
The black is basic Kona cotton broadcloth, as is the aqua I used to make DIY piping. YAWN.
The Pac Man fabric's all that matters here. It's a quilting cotton, which I'm proudly admitting despite this material's bad reputation for morphing wearable sewing projects into Home Ec-themed submissions to the Gallery of Bad Hipster Art.
I spotted this stuff ages ago, but it was sold out. A sort of Inception effect overtook my brain -- like something snaked into my head and told me I couldn't have peace until I made this dress a reality. I've got the dress. Now I just need Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I did my own thing with contrast, shortened the skirt a smidge, and added piping down the front and back center panels. I also took some shortcuts assembling the dress but didn't change much else, design-wise.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
This pattern's piecework style makes it a perfect blank slate for paint-by-numbers contrast creativity, so even though I've done this one twice already, I could see myself using it again.
Great pattern, but let's be honest. It's Pac Man. I could've sewn a pillowcase with holes for my arms and head and people would still freak out about it.