|This pattern is from the Japanese book "Home Couture for Girls".|
The books has a bunch of traditional-style girls' dresses, plus a few others like blouses and pants. All the styles are "intermediate" difficulty, with zip and button closures, etc. They aren't the super loose, beginner style projects you see in some Japanese books.
Peasant dress with elasticated short sleeves. Bow embellishment at neckline.
130, 140 and 150 cm in height. I did size 150. The fit is loose.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, except for my changes.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
There are very brief, numbered directions in Japanese. The illustrations are very clear, but not step-by-step. They just illustrated certain steps. A fabric layout is included, plus what I assume is a chart to show elastic lengths for the different sizes. (I didn't figure that one out, but just cut a sensible elastic length based on another dress.)
Finding the pieces on the pattern sheet is probably the most challenging part.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
My daughter outgrew her old peasant dress pattern, so this one fit the ticket. It's an easy-to-sew, classic style.
For the elastic casings, separate strips are cut and sewn into place to enclose the elastic. No thanks! I just added to the edges to make fold-over casings.
When made, the dress looked exactly like a nightgown. The fabric did have something to do with it. So I kept adding details until it looked like a real dress.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
1. Extended the edges of the neckline and sleeve hems to encase the elastic instead of cutting separate strips.
2. Added an elastic empire waist.
3. Added owl ribbon at the hem.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I'd sew it again, with my modifications.