Pattern Description: Jersey dresses with wraparound top. The skirts are sewn to the waist, variant A slim, B wide and flared. Both are crimped in the front. The appeal of the waist seam lies in the gathered, entwined belt.
Pattern Sizing: 10-20.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were mostly easy to follow once you're used to "Burda-speak". Some terminology is a little different for US users but the illustrations are very good and all levels beyond a total novice would have no problem with this pattern. Other than the darts, I made the entire dress on my serger.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love a knit wrap style dress and the twist front looked interesting. I usually have problems with surplice bodices gaping and unfortunately this one is no different. A hook and thread eye solves the problem pretty well but if I use this pattern again I will be sure to cross the bodice over a bit higher before attaching it to the skirt. I like that the front neckline edges are interfaced and folded over to make a self-facing, which is different from the usual narrow sewn-on facing band on these types of dresses. The horizontal edges of the attached twisted "belt" are left raw so I folded each end over slightly before attaching it to the side seams. The long raw edges don't show when it's stretched while wearing but where the ends are attached to the side seams would so folding them over hides this. The belt is also somewhat bulky so unless your knit is very thin be prepared for that. I may omit it altogether on the next go round and leave open the option of different belts. One thing in particular that I loved about this pattern is how smoothly the sleeves went in. There was no excess ease and they fit perfectly. The center gathers in the skirt front are flattering and fall nicely.
Fabric Used: Poly spandex knit in a gray and white animal print (my first ever walk on the wild side!) I had my heart set on it for a maxi dress but it's been in my stash for a while and I guess I bought less than I thought.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: None, other than sewing the sleeves in flat.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I think yes- I probably will sew this again and I heartily recommend it.
Conclusion: I love animal prints in every review I see them in but I'm still not sure of how I feel about them on me. Time will tell how much wear I get out of it. I guess it's always good to shake things up a little Back view