|Pattern Description: Lined, semi-fitted dress has yokes, darts and back zipper closure.|
Pattern Sizing: 6-12, I started with a size 10 but made many fitting modifications.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, after modifications.
Were the instructions easy to follow? I didn't use them.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked the idea of a sheath dress with no waist seam and princess seams instead of fisheye darts. I'm not a fan of the back slit instead of a proper vent of kick pleat, but it does make for easier sewing.
Fabric Used: I had this mystery blend in my stash that feels like a poly with some lycra, since it stretches. It's fairly heavy and doesn't drape very well, and it resists pressing. In some ways, it was ideal since it's heavy enough to conceal any lumpy bits and also stretchy enough that a form-fitting sheath isn't actually uncomfortable. On other ways, though, it was frustrating since instead of draping, it just bubbles up and the seams can be a bit bulgy.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I ended up omitting the zipper since my fabric was stretchy. I also ended up bringing the side seams in about 0.5" at the underarm, tapering to nothing at the the waist, then back out to 0.75" at the hem, in order to get more of an hourglass shape (without those adjustments, it hung like a shapeless sack on me). I also narrowed the back and did a swayback adjustment.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I don't think I would sew this again unless I had a stretchy woven fabric, just because I don't like tight dresses. That said, the actual pattern is a good one and easy enough to modify for fit.
Conclusion: I love my finished dress; even if the fitting was frustrating, it was totally worth it! My husband says it's the most professional-looking thing I've made, and I'm going to agree.