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Pattern Description: Loose-fitting dress.... as per the Vogue website, with enthusiasm like this it's a wonder anyone bought it.
Pattern Sizing: 8-24
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes it does but it had to be modified.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
+ Built in Ease on front bust
+ Lingerie strap detail (you'll need it)
- Neckline is low - could have probably taken up the shoulders a bit more, and will have to select a bra carefully so that it doesn't peek out.
Fabric Used: Cotton shirting
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
- Changed the direction of the tucks around the neckline.
- Did not sew down pleats or dart (just folded, basted and fixed with the facing.
- Added small tucks on front waist.
Once I cut the pattern out the tucks across the neckline didn't look like the pattern envelope photograph. What I see when I look at the photo, are tucks that are arranged with more of an angle instead of parallel as on the pattern, so I changed the direction of the tucks to suit me, and to match the photograph. I also see, small tucks at the waist, behind the belt, whether this was just a very meticulous stylist who added those in when the photo was taken or if they were in fact in the garment, we'll never know, although they do appear to be symmetrical, So I added them in anyway, being careful not to take too much in to ensure I would be able to get into the dress later. What I like about adding them, is that I don't have to worry about arranging the pleats under a belt while wearing, and it gives the top more vertical lines that can be slimming.
Note: I usually need an FBA, and inadvertently added one in the end.
I like my armholes to be higher on sleeveless dresses and added about 1 1/2" to the bottom of armhole curves front and back. When I rearranged the tucks to follow my dress form, the FBA was built in. What resulted is a front that fits well, but made the front piece of the dress 1 1/2" shorter than the back piece. The dress itself is shorter than the pattern was designed for.
So keep this in mind if you will be draping it on your dress form. Also the facings had to be reshaped to fit the new curves as well.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I'm not sure I would sew it again, in a crisp fabric it is a bit "blocky" especially if you have a full bust. So if what you are looking for is a tank dress with a little something extra, that comes together quickly, then I recommend it.
It is a good dress for warm weather and I was looking for something to wear under a fine gauge sweater I purchased last year. The two together are perfect for the approaching warm temperatures, and it will get use this summer.
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