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|Pattern Rating:||Recommend, with Modifications |
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|Available for sale on PR: $15.96 (See envelope) |
|Fabric:||Silk Chiffon [See other projects in this fabric]|
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Strapless bodice with one shoulder drape. I did not use the skirt pattern or the waist section.
I used a size 18 for my sister. It was about an inch larger than the measurements she gave me (she's pregnant, so I wanted to leave extra room.) while the front fit fine, the back was too large and I ended up taking in about five and a half inches.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Pretty much xD
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Mostly. I highly suggest you practice the shoulder drapes on muslin fabric first; the concept is a little weird and it took a bit for me to understand it in application.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
It was exceptionally easy to pick and choose which parts of the pattern I wanted to use and ignore the other parts.
The base fabric is a very soft, luxurious jersey knit. The outer layers are all a silk chiffon from Dharma Trading Co, the 10mm.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I only used the bodice part of the pattern. For the skirt, I simply did three layers of very long, gathered rectangles sewn on top of one another. Because of the pregnancy, I went very light on the boning. I put two pieces of boning in each side seam and one along the back on each side of the zipper. In order to make sure the rest of the bodice had structure, I put fusible interfacing on the lining, which made a huge difference.
However, I don't think the dress is designed particularly well as a strapless, even if I had boned the front. I put an elastic strap on the side that was covered by the shoulder drape. This made all the difference in the world in terms of keeping the dress up and supported. She hardly had to hike it up!
The shoulder drape was also exceptionally loose. There isn't much variation in sizes on the shoulder drape, and I ended up taking it in about an inch and a half on the back where it connects to the skirt to make sure it would not fall off. She still adjusted it a few times during the day, as it would fall forward occasionally.
I moved the zipper from the side to the back of the dress, and therefore had to gather the back of the drape a bit tighter to make sure it fit without having to cross over the zip in the center back the way it crosses over the center front. I also took out the arm hole that the pattern calls for. I wanted it to be more Grecian, so I made it a true drape without the arm hole. This is probably what took the structure out of the drape and caused it to fall forward occasionally.
I also added a gathered layer of chiffon over the whole bodice, to keep with the coloring and gathered chiffon look to the whole design.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Probably not. I wasn't a fan of how little support I felt there was on the strapless bodice, which was really the main reason I bought it in the first place.
Put a but more structure in it, but otherwise a fairly decent bodice pattern.
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