The famous Amy Butler Lotus dress/tunic/cami. I fell instantly in love with the envelope picture and thought this dress would be the perfect mummy uniform: cheerful, practical and revealing in only the most flattering of places. The contrasting fabrics suggested on the envelope were very inspiring as were the reviews/variations by others.
Pattern Sizing: My pattern was borrowed and came cut Medium. The fit was great across the shoulders and bust, but a bit big below and needed a few nips. The waist might have fit better had I made the belt.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Not really. My version looks a bit frumpy.... (blogged here) I kept narrowing the waist to make it fit, but this only made the skirt swing out in a relatively unflattering 'trapeze' way.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, very thorough.
Fabric Used: 1.5 metres of Liberty Needlecord, very fine and soft. I also used a soft and warm lining in a mixture of cotton and viscose. With the benefit of hindsight, I should have used something lighter as the two fabrics combined thicken and accentuate the stomach!
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I used an invisible zip which worked well (blogged here)
In order to make the dress more wearable in cold weather, I lengthened the sleeves: not a raging success to say the least (blogged here)
I added piping around the neckline after seeing one of the reviews on this site: thanks to Steph C for the idea. I love how this part turned out and this is why I'll try to salvage the dress to make it a bit more feelgood.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?I have seen some lovely versions that others have made. It didn't work for me but I'd blame the choice of fabrics and the unsuccessful sleeve drafting rather than the pattern. Might be tempted to try again: is this what they call a sucker for punishment?