Unlined close fitting dress, bodice with pleats and midriff, skirt with yoke. Either short cap or long raglan sleeves. Skirt, tapered with back slit or flared.
Pattern Sizing: 6-12. I sewed size 12 but had to narrow down at hips.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? .Yes. I sewed View A.
Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were fairly straightforward.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked the close fit, the midriff and yoke with the seaming detail, the bodice with the pleats (though I did sew them in the wrong direction but no real problem!) I was a bit concerned that it was not lined.
Fabric Used: Cream Polyster /elastane stretch crepe. I saw this fabric in Fenwicks (UK) January sale, surprised to realise that it had some stretch to it and whilst I wouldn't normally have given it a second look, immediately thought of the picture on the Vogue pattern I had in my stash. The pattern suggested moderate stretch knit. this material had some stretch but was fairly firm.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
The pattern instructions suggested double stitched seams. For the side seams I sewed open seams and over locked each edge as I didn't want the seams to be too bulky.
The seams for the bodice to midriff and yoke to skirt were sewn, pressed to one side then I topstitched and edged stitched in one go using a twin needle. The cap sleeve had a narrow hem. The armhole facing was a short straight strip of material. I over locked the short edges of this prior to attaching in order to avoid having a raw edge which might have shown underarm. The armhole edge was topstitched and pivoted to coincide with the stitching of the sleeve hem. The neck facing was also a narrow straight piece of fabric. I was initially concerned that this might not work with my material, thinking perhaps it should have been cut on the bias but once done it was quite effective. It was also topstitched. Rather than machine stitch a narrow hem on the skirt I chose to sew a plain blind hem.
Some reviews have stated that a zipper is unnecessary in knit fabrics. My fabric certainly needed it. I could not have got in or out without one!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes I plan to make version F with long sleeves and flared skirt.
Conclusion: A versatile pattern which can give a variety of looks depending on the material.
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