Pattern Description: Sleeveless, sheath dress with boat neckline and tucks are waistline and lower bodice.
Pattern Sizing: 36-44
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, without the lace trim.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Very!
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
1. Super simple (only 4 pieces), instant gratification sewing
2. Cute summer dress that didn't require much fabric.
Fabric Used: A cotton batik print that has been residing in-stash for about 8 years...this was intended to be a muslin.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
1. I graded down to a 34 and sewed with no other changes because this was a muslin. I have never made myself a boat-neck styled bodice.
2. Neckline gapes a tiny bit in the front. I will take out a 1/2 inch dart at top when I sew this pattern again so neckline lies close to my body. Based on the magazine picture, I was expecting much worse!
3. Back was much too wide. I put in an 3/4-inch seam down the back. This is when I decided this was dress really didn't look too bad in this fabric and cut a lining and finished everything properly. I will take out this extra width when cutting the next dress to preserve the cut-on-fold look of the back.
4. Adding the center back seam meant the 4 back tucks needed to be moved. I didn't think about this until the dress was finished and I realized the dress was a bit poufy in the back both above and below the waist. It is not terrible and did not keep me from wearing the dress to a wedding. I just feel the profile will be improved by this adjustment.
5. The lace piece around the waist was omitted. If I make this dress and use lace trim, I plan to make a separate belt from the lace to increase my styling options.
6. The pattern calls for lining only the bodice. I added a lining to the skirt as well.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I will definitely sew this one again since this dress was supposed to be just a muslin. Love it when I get a bonus outfit! Once the fitting issues were taken care of, this dress was a quick sew with no tricky construction steps. I invested about 4 hours from tracing to finished dress.
I do recommend this pattern, but highly suggest a fitting muslin first.
This pattern offers a basic dress that can easily move from casual to work based on styling.