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|Au Bonheur des Petites Mains: 40018 - Type:Dresses |
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|Pattern Rating:||Recommend, with Modifications |
|Fabric:||Cotton Twill [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: |
Dress with zipper and contrasting pieces. It has some raw edges and some finished edges. Some pieces are cut and sewn without seam allowance.
36 to 50. I cut 42 at the top, grading out to 44 at the bottom. It is absolutely not drafted with a pear shape in mind. However, the chest, waist and hip measurements for each size were true to the size chart and the amount of ease similar to RTW. Seam allowances (where applicable) are not included.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
There is a small discrepancy between the technical drawing and the pattern pieces in the shape of one of the pieces in the lower front band. I amended the pattern piece to look like the technical drawing. I also amended the collar to suit my taste and omitted the trim. Aside from these changes it looks very much like the pattern drawing.
Pictures are here.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Er no. The instruction are incomplete, inadequate and in French. They give no indication of how you are supposed to finish anything, which is actually quite a big omission with this design. I pretty much winged the whole thing.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
This dress was somewhat of a challenge and the rubbish instructions only made it worse. But what a lovely creative project! I couldn't put it down - the novelty of this pattern made it easy to persevere.
Cotton twill upon which I inflicted a tie dye experiment and some fabric paint. The contrast sections are satin backed with cotton lawn (I interfaced some pieces as well).
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I had to tweak extensively throughout to get a good fit. I am guessing that their block is quite different to the one used by the Big 4. The shoulders in particular were very broad and the cap sleeves were positively gladiatorial before I chopped them down.
The bodice pieces are very unusual and so the FBA was quite a challenge and took a while to get right. I had to convert darts to curves into the top of the waist insert, rotate another dart into the center front, enlarge the angle between the upper and lower bodice pieces and hide a teeny tiny gather underneath the decorative point of the upper bodice in order to achieve a nicely rounded bust shape in the heavy-ish fabric I used. If you are not confident with your FBA's this one might drive you to despair or violence (depending on how you cope with frustration).
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
To be honest, I can't see myself making this one again any time soon. It was time-consuming and the result is pretty distinctive.
I absolutely love my new dress though, so I would recommend it to people who are willing to put in the work required to get the result (and can get hold of the pattern). Beginner sewers will want to leave this one for later.
It is such a pity that this wonderful pattern company no longer exists. I am glad at least that I purchased the few patterns that I did, because they really are unmatched for sheer creativity.
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