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|Cake patterns: 0144 (Tiramisu Knit Dress) - Type:Dresses |
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|Fabric:||Cotton [See other projects in this fabric]|
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[From pattern envelope:] Knit knee-length dress with front surplice (mock wrap) neckline, cut on sleeves, and and easily customizable midriff section. The skirt features in-seam pockets and falls in the soft folds of a half-circle skirt. The pattern includes optional stripes placement guide, cup sizing A-D and bust alteration line.
30" - 50" high bust; 25" - 50" waist; Cup sizes A-D. I sewed the 30A with 25" waist.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
More or less. How's that for a non-committal response? ;) Let's say the dress looks similar enough to the illustration. My body is nothing like the body of the illustrated model.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, absolutely. A quick read-through left me thinking, "This is too good to be true," but it really was that simple to put together!
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like how customizable the fit is, just based on the 3 different options for sizing. I sewed this pretty much straight from the envelope, so I can't fuss too much about fit. Once I got over the temporary sting that I didn't have to gather the bust for my cup size, I did a happy dance that I didn't have to do any gathering to sew this dress. There is some extra fabric on the bodice, around the bust / sleeve. I'm debating whether I want to fuss with the pattern to address this in the next one, or if I'll chalk it up to a dolman sleeve "feature".
There was a really weird pattern thing where the front bodice meets the front midriff: on the 30A, the bottom of the front bodice is about 1.5" shorter than the top of the front midriff. Makes no sense, as you'd expect the bottom of the front bodice to be longer so you can gather it to match the width of the front midriff. Or, in my case, if there's no under-bust gathering to be done, the pieces should be the same width directly on the pattern. I first noticed this late at night when I was tired, shook it off and convinced myself to just cut the next day and deal with it later, and ended up realizing I was right when I sewed the two bits together. I just lopped 0.75" off the top width of the front midriff -- easy peasy. Here's a picture of the pattern pieces that show the width of the top of the front midriff is longer than the width of the bottom front bodice.
Frankly, this is a fitted dress that I don't hate wearing. With it being so fitted, I like that it doesn't try to reveal skin -- very modest. It really is flattering and light, and I don't feel sucked into the dress at all, like sausage in a casing. I've worn it all day, shopping and doing house chores, and at no point have I felt constrained or uncomfortable.
A very thin, lovely cotton interlock that I picked up from a fabric swap. The whole dress is surprisingly light and airy!
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
The pattern was a hand-me-down from a local sewist I call my New Sewing Twin. Hers looked so cute so she passed the pattern on to me. She had taken out some length on the front bodice, and I didn't think I would need to, so I added back to her cut pattern piece what I thought had been taken out. I took 3" length off the skirt, and it's still about 2" below my knee. That was really it as far as pattern mods.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I already have plans to sew this in an organic cotton / lycra knit, which will be my on-the-go LBD. Comfortable on plane flights and in taxis, I imagine. I wasn't sure where I should make my petite alterations, so I left everything as it was for this go-round. I will probably make a 1" petite adjustment on the midriff next time, which will also bring up that hemline a touch.
I rarely sew knits, but this dress has converted me! Great indie pattern and I highly recommend it! Blogged here.
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