Pattern Sizing: I cut the size 12 but as many reviewers have mentioned the pattern does run big. I took it in several inches at the sides.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, mostly. I did make some alterations
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, very.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I have been very inspired by all the wonderful versions of this dress. It's winter here in Australia now, and I wanted a warm dress. The pattern instructions were clear and simple so putting the dress together was easy, and was able to learn a lot about knits.
I tried to use my twin needle but there was so much tunneling that I ended up just doing two separate lines of stitches using a guide to keep them even. I think it looks pretty good anyway. My machine is not a friend of the twin needle.
Fabric Used: A tissue soft rayon jersey in a lovely olive. The fabric was pricier than most rayon jerseys but well worth it.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:Firstly I did not line the dress. The fabric was so soft I really wanted to keep the lovely feel of it, and the fabric was too costly to use as lining as well. I think I can just about get away without lining it as the side gathers hide all the bumps. I lengthened the dress as well so it would hit mid calf and I shortened the sleeves to a three quarter length.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I really looking forward to sewing this dress again, especially in a bright print. I would highly recommend this pattern.
Conclusion: With so many reviews this dress really didn't need another one, but I have loved seeing all the wonderful versions that people have made I thought it might be useful to post photos of my version.
I used fusible tape on the hemline for the first time ever and I love how it kept the hem stable - I will use it for all knits from now on.