|Pattern Description: |
Fitted, pleated dresses, above mid-knee or evening length, have lined bodice and midriff, flared skirt and back zipper.
8-22 I cut a size 12
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
For the most part.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes. Although, I didn't need them after I pleated the front. The dress was extremely easy if you have sewn a dress once before.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I'm not sure if the pleats were printed wrong or if I just stink at pleating... But I could not get the pleats to even out. The drawing shows four pleats in the bodice, but the sewn version has three, when I made them and lined them up, they did not match. Same with the skirt. The lines that I had marked from the pattern did not line up.
The good news is that there was so much material that there was room to fix what was probably my error anyway.
I did like the fit. I usually have to do some shoulder and waist alterations, but since it flared out after the waist, I was able to cut for my waist. Also, the bust fit PERFECTLY.
Organic Cotton for the bodice from Fabric.com and a printed quilting cotton from Joann.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I borrowed the idea from Make This Look for the What a Debut dress. This called for a patterned skirt - specifically a cream with black polkadots and a black top and midriff. I decided to make the skirt and midriff in navy, cream and mint lattice print and a navy bodice.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes. I am going to do a maternity version for my sister. I will omit the midriff and add about .5" to the bust area. I do recommend to anyone who wants to get more pleating experience.
This dress was an adventure and I loved wearing it. I can imagine this dress in so many materials! The issues I had with pleating were an easy fix and did not discourage me.
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