|Pattern Description: Shirtwaist dress with front buttons, scalloped neckline and side zip. Skirt is gored with front inverted box pleats. Sleeve options are short with or without scalloped hem, 3/4 length or long. Bodice is shaped with tucks at waist and back neckline. |
Pattern Sizing: This is a 36.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?Yes! Although my waist is not that small!
Were the instructions easy to follow? They were lovely - typical of vintage patterns. This was an "Instructor" pattern and so included detailed instructions for common sewing tasks such as bound buttonholes, welt pockets and plackets. The instructions were on a single page, but were still quite complete, particularly when you included the "Instructor" section, which clarified instructions like "Insert bound buttonholes in front bodice." Without the "Instructor" section the instructions would have been very difficult without a supplemental resource.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I bought the pattern for the scallops - sleeve and neckline. It's such a graceful detail and I don't see it often on modern patterns. I also really like the graceful sweep of the skirt. It isn't full (consistent with wartime rationing) but the gores and pleats give it a lovely, graceful flow. The bodice shaping with tucks is beautiful and comfortable as well. No dislikes.
Fabric Used: Rayon Challis from FabricMart. I thought the print had a nice vintage vibe.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: This pattern is a size larger than I generally use, but I liked the bit of excess ease at the waist. I did shorten the bodice (typical for me) and took in the shoulder at the armscye, as it was much too broad. I took a much shallower hem than the pattern called for, effectively lengthening the dress.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I'm not sure I'll sew it again in this version, as it is a pretty distinctive style, but I do recommend it. It's a lovely dress with details you don't often see in modern clothing.
Conclusion: If you happen to run across this pattern, or have it in your stash, it is a lovely dress that is well worth sewing up. It takes very little fabric and is fairly quick to sew. Well worth your time and effort.