|Pattern Description: Misses' knit tank dress in knee or long length with slit. Straight dress has scoop neck line and racer back. A-line dress has V-neck line. |
Pattern Sizing: 10-22, I cut a 10.
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? Yes, very good instructions. I did have to re-read the ones concerning the v-neck though. I feel like there could be a better way, but maybe that's just because it's my first neckline like this.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I wish NL started this pattern at a 6 or 8. I used the 10 because it was the smallest size and I thought it might be a bit snug based on the finished bust measurements printed on the pattern pieces (and I wanted a closer fit), but I could stand to use at least an 8. I had to make bust darts and take in the centre-back seam to have it fit better.
I really like the A-line fit of the skirt. I usually sew dresses with straight fitting skirts, so this was a pleasant change.
I wish the pattern photo was of a dress on an actual person, not just a drawing of the dress. The straps are a lot wider than I was expecting. I suppose its not a bad thing, it just turned out looking different than I thought it would.
Like grays08 noted, the seam attaching the neck band to the neckline was to be a 3/8" seam (instead of the standard 5/8"). They put this on the tissue, but don't remind you on the instructions. I wrote myself a post-it note and stuck it to the wall next to my sewing machine so I wouldn't forget.
Fabric Used: Cotton/lycra knit. This was my first successful attempt at using this kind of fabric! For all my love of knits, CL knit has given me the most grieft. Obviously if you own a serger, that would be probably be the best choice for this kind of fabric (IMO).
If you're using just a regular sewing machine (like I did), I show on my blog how I sewed my seams. Basically, I used a straight basting stitch, trimmed the fabric close to the seam and used an overlock stitch. Worked great & no wonky stretched-out seams! Yay!
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: As I mentioned above, I had to take in the CB seam, and add bust darts for a closer fit. I think if this pattern started smaller, I may have been able to sew this straight from the envelope. I do prefer a bit more fitted dresses, so it may just be my own taste rather than the pattern's fault (though I still think they should start this pattern in a smaller size).
I used a double-needle where the pattern instructs you to sew two separate rows of top stitching (armholes & neckline).
For the hem I tried to copy a RTW hem, by sewing a zigzag-type stretch stitch along the bottom, turning it under and pressing where I wanted the hem to fall, and then top stitching with a double-needle. I trimmed the excess fabric above the zigzag stitches (photos on my blog).
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes definitely! This is a great pattern and you'll get lots of wear out of this kind of casual summer dress
Conclusion: I made this dress less than two weeks ago and I've probably wore it out like five times! You should make this pattern!