(from the website) Satsuki is a simple, elegant slip on dress that can also be made as a blouse. The garment features full sleeves and has two style variations which allow you to create a loose, draped fit with a flounce front detail, or hugs your waist with a sash. Flirt a little by adding peek-a-boo shoulders. This dress is easy to wear and even easier to sew!
2-16. I made the 2 for myself in a woven and it ended up fitting my mom who is 2-3 sizes bigger than me. So this top for her is a 2 as well.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the variations. It's also nice to have the option to show some shoulder and not worry about bra straps showing. This dress/top is comfortable. The neck facing seems to need some extra tacking (in addition to what the instructions recommend, once at each side) to keep it in place. I'm hesitant to do anything about it yet....
I made a dress muslin in a lightweight woven. The finished top is in a jersey from High End Fabrics on Ebay.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I raised the belt loops (holes) about an inch, based on where my Mom's waist was. The neckline in the knit is a bit lower than the woven dress, as expected. I stabilized the shoulder seams with twill tape. The pattern instructions recommended an interesting way to hem the curved part of the sleeves....it didn't work very well for me on the woven and I ended up with curly edges. It might have been my fabric or that I needed to experiment more with the width of the hem. On the knit I omitted their method and the hem turned out fine.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes and yes.
Great pattern. I love this style and it's quick to make. If you like sewing for friends this would make a great gift....sizing is a bit easier since it's loose with a belt.