Pattern Description: It's the up-scale details that make this dress simple yet fabulous! Ready to put the spotlight on your most luxurious fabrics, you will find darts everywhere you need them for a great fit too. This dress features a fully lined and fitted bodice with a round notched neckline and three-quarter sleeves. The below knee pencil skirt has front kangaroo pockets and a cute back pleat. Closure is a left side zipper. Pattern Sizing:
Sizes 2 - 18 I made the 8 size. Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes it did. I really love the round notched neckline and the fit of this dress. Here's the finished version. Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions take you through each step to plan a successful lace dress.
I learnt how to make a useful lapped zipper, where the zipper closes downwards and not upwards. Now that was a handy lesson to learn. What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The basic sheath fit that balances the lace layer. Being short, the fit vs lace balance is spot on for me.
I like the depth of instructions Laura has developed for anyone to use and learn from.
The pockets deep so I shortened them. I do this for all pockets because I'm short too.
I like the lapped side zipper a lot.
The neckline notches are pretty cool to wear and easy to make. Fabric Used:
The top layer is a synthetic lace with a raised surface.
The fashion fabric is a light-weight cotton. You could simply use lining fabric.
The interfacing on the neckline is fairly light-weight too.
All in all, this dress wasn't expensive to make. The lace was $17 (1.5m)and the rest was $10.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: These are the technical features.
I made it in a brocade and the fit needed adjusting. Don't be silly like me. This was my mistake and not the pattern.
Once I made the calico test, I moved the darts closer to the centre. Then I adjusted the waist darts to fit me. Before I made this dress I'd been studying so my waist was bigger than the 8 size. My waist still is bigger so there's no immediate pressure to go down a size. I can wear this dress now! That's kinda why I sew.
My shoulders slope down by 2cm so I did this adjustment on the pattern.
Also the back neckline darts were made larger to fit the neckline closer. The neckline on the dress has no gaps. I like that in a neckline - no gaps.
Using back darts on this dress has made me wonder. For years I've been taking out fullness in a neckline at the front, when realistically I should probably be taken out at the back neckline using a dart. So I've learnt quiet a bit from this dress pattern.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes. I hope to make this for at least on other family member for a special occasion and I'd like to make this again as a work dress without the lace layer.
This is also a good dress to use as separates if you add a peplum to the top and add a waistband to the skirt, because they both fit really well. This is what I mean.
I think Laura's years of vintage sewing, her industry knowledge and general aim to always produce good patterns shows in her patterns and how she'll keep you updated as she improves the patterns you've already purchased.