|Pattern Description: |
Note: I had a hard time rating this pattern. I love the finished product but as you will read below, I don't know whether the instructions were inadequate or whether it was me.
Pullover, close-fitting top and dresses have placket button neck and front bands, and stitched hems. A: Narrow hem on sleeves. C: Button flaps A,C: Pockets B,C,D: Fitted through hips C, D: back hemline slit.
XS-XXL My envelope included XS-Med and I made the Small
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, it passes
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I think they were adequate, at least I'm going to claim being the problem and not blame it on the pattern instructions.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the finished product, with the exception of the button placket it was quick to sew up, fits well. No real dislikes.
Cotton knit with a bit of Lycra
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I hate plackets. I avoid them. I haven't made one in years and it didn't take me long to remember why. I just thought this dress was so cute and, of course, I am so much more accomplished as a sewist than I was then, right? Apparently not. I struggled with the bottom of the placket countless times. I finally just pressed it into place without sewing it across the bottom, did the little "box with the X through it" topstitching and then sort of backed into the stitching across the bottom. Of course using orange thread on the whole thing as a decorative element didn't help mask any of my imperfections. Other than struggling with the placket I used the little pocket from View A and the 3/4 sleeve from View C. I also serged the hems at the bottom and sleeves for a decorative touch rather than turning and hemming.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
No, I can say with absolute certainty that I will not make this again. I do have to recommend it, though, because it is so cute and I think it might just be a "me and plackets" thing.
Like I said on my blog, it was really one of those times that made me wish I still had my mom to just fix it.