|This is a very old project, but since no one else has reviewed the pattern, I thought I would share - it really is worth pulling out from the stash, if only for the sleeves or bodice pieces!|
Pattern Description: Misses' Dress: Dress with flared gored skirt gathered to lined, fitted, seamed bias-cut bodice at shaped lowered waistline seam has back zipper, wide round neckline and sleeve variations with self fabric bows and slit detailing. A with lace trimming has seven-eighth length sleeves with shaped slits. B with lace or beaded trimming and three-quarter length sleeves has contrast skirt and bodice front panel.
Pattern Sizing: A 8-18
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? A bit - although the skirt is much shorter.
Were the instructions easy to follow? There are a quite a few pieces to contend with, but this really goes together beautifully.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the bodice on this pattern. The lines are quite beautiful.
The only negative thing I can think of it the amount of yardage required. However, I got around this issue by chopping off quite a bit of the skirt.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Obviously, the skirt length is much shorter.
I wanted a stream-lined look, and started with an invisible zipper. However, this was before I had learned my lesson about the finicky nature of that particular beast. I was able to salvage the dress by using a lapped zipper application (my very first!).
I added some grosgrain trim to the neckline, sleeves, and hemline, along with some lovely lace - this was back in the day when JoAnn Fabrics actually stocked beautiful trims. Although, to be fair, I think I purchased this particular lace when they were getting rid of all of the more expensive choices and had marked them way down.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I do not think I will ever make the pattern as drafted, but I have used the sleeve pattern before to alter this dress, and I am sure the bodice pieces will come in handy in the future.
I would highly recommend this pattern is you come across a copy - it has great bones - do not be distracted by the envelope pattern!
There do not seems to be any versions online, which surprises me. It is definitely worth having, in my opinion.
Conclusion: I just re-discovered this dress in my closet, and will be sure to get a lot of wear this summer. And I have more ideas for those bodice pieces . . .
More pictures may be found over on my blog, Lilacs & Lace.