|Pattern Description: |
Knit dress with surplice bodice, midriff band and full skirt. Inseam pockets.
30-50. Different sizes are chosen for bodice and waist. I chose sizes 30 bodice and 25 waist.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes; they include illustrations as well as additional helps on the website.
Also, I like that the instructions are on one smallish sheet of paper, rather than a giant page that's hard to set on a table or find your place on.
The "order of construction" steps are easy to see at a glance; I like that as what I usually want out of sewing instructions is a checklist to keep me on track rather than detailed instructions on how to carry out a sewing step. The detailed instructions were there, too, but easy to ignore.
One thing was unclear to me: how to lay the pattern pieces on the fabric - how are they supposed to lay in reference to the grain and/or stripes? I thought I had it right when I cut, but actually cut everything wrong. I had to recut a few small pieces so they'd stretch correctly; the rest I left as is. I've sewn, you know, a thousand garments or so, so I don't know what went wrong here - but I must have misinterpreted some term, since I don't recall others having this issue.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Likes: I had to make no alterations, which is unheard of, hehe. Because the sleeves are cut-on, I didn't do my usual forward or square shoulder alterations.
I like the unique midriff band; this makes the knit dress sit nicely on the body rather than clinging, even with the clingy fabric I chose.
The wrap bodice absolutely does not gape, even when I lean over. That's quite a feat, since I'm more hollow than buxom.
It's highly comfortable without being frumpy.
I like its modern, vintage look. My husband who, I can assure you, does not follow sewing blogs, thought it looked straight out of 1940.
I'm not a fan of inseam pockets in a knit. These are no exception, although my dislike is accentuated by the thin clingy jersey I used. I stitched them down to the skirt fabric, but that doesn't look too great. I may remove them. In a thicker fabric, they'd be much improved. In a future version, I may try a different kind on inside pocket: the single layer kind which is attached directly to the garment. The seamline would show, but the pocket would not bulge and flip about.
More photos here.
A thin striped stretchy jersey from Girl Charlee.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, this is definitely worth another version.