Pattern Description: A vintage style wrap top made in a jersey, along with a circle skirt with a unique shell pocket feature made in a woven fabric. This pattern allows for a wide range of fabrics and styling options.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yep.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. There are a couple of small mistakes in the pattern wording but if you go onto the Cake Website Sewalong Page they are all listed. The extra instructions on the website are very useful.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Like: the shell pocket is really cute. The lapped seam on the neckline seems tricky but if you carefully follow the instructions it gives a lovely result.
Fabric Used: A wool blend suiting with great drape for the skirt. A very lightweight silky jersey for the top.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I cut off the back muffin cover flap, other wise it is all made up straight from the pattern. This is probably the first time I've been able to do this with a pattern: the wrap top is very easy to fit. A fair few people who made it in the sewalong lengthened the top - it is very short.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes I would. I will probably make the top again.
Conclusion: Well worth a try. The shell pocket adds something different to a standard circle skirt. The extra information and detail provided on the Cake Website Sewalong Page is a great resource for beginner sewers. Other than the minor issues with the pattern (which have been picked up and will be corrected I am sure - make sure you visit the Cake Website Sewalong Page before cutting fabric just to be aware of the errata.) It is a fun easy pattern and very versatile both as a suit or to wear as separates.
I have gone into a fair bit of detail about my Pavlova on my blog