|I made this dress for a friend. You can read more about it and see more pictures on my blog! Blog post|
Plus Size knit dresses A, sweetheart neck, princess seams, tuck detail & cold shoulder sleeves. Khaliah Ali Collection.
My friend's measurements seemed to fall under the 28W moreso than the other sizes, but when I made the muslin, we discovered that it was actually a bit larger than I had anticipated. So I used the size 26W, but graded out to size 28W on the princess seams to accommodate her larger bust.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The pattern, on the other hand: I had to shorten her waist length a bit and they didn't have the waist marked on all the skirt pattern pieces where the waist is, so I kind of had to measure and guess based on the notch location on the other skirt pieces that had the waist location marked. No bust point was marked either (and I've seen them marked on other princess seam patterns before), so that was a little annoying.
Also, I think the construction on the cold shoulder deal could have been managed better. The construction has you press the fabric that you fold over to finish the cold shoulder detail on the sleeves. That's going to leave this piece of fabric to flap all over the place if not stitched (probably hand-tacked) in place. Fortunately, I had bought some fusible seam web (or Steam-a-seam, or one of it's many other product names) and used that to tack the folded over fabric in place so that it wouldn't flip around all over the place.
Other than that, it was a solidly put together pattern. I definitely love the pleating along the bust.
A light-weight linen/cotton jersey blend. It machine washed nicely and is so lightweight, so makes for good summer wear. Needs to be lined or have a slip underneath something made from it, though.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made
Just shortened the waist and left out the zipper (but the zipper is pretty much optional with this dress anyway).
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would definitely recommend it, but would mention my concern about the need for the fusible web to clean up the cold shoulder detail.
For sewing my first plus-size pattern, it wasn't much different than sewing a standard misses pattern. It makes a great summer dress, and could be shortened into a tunic if you really loved the design, but didn't want a dress.