|Pattern Description: |
Dress (close-fitting through bust) has cut-in armholes, shaped princess seams, back zipper and narrow hem. The side slits can either be left open or use a contrast fabric.
Upon measuring the pattern at the waist, I decided to go up a size than normal with 18. I'm US 14, UK 14/16, DE 44
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, although I just went by the drawings, they were good enough.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
- Cool styling! I've seen this on a few RTW designer dresses lately.
- Drafted well, everything went together OK
- It's easy to draft out those side vents if you don't like them, or they are too hard.
- I can't figure out why they added a CF seam even though it's a straight line. Please draft this out in your version unless you intend to do color-blocking there.
- It's not lined. The neck and armholes are finished with binding. I've already had problems with my fabric stretching out, so I decided to fully line mine.
- This is rated as easy, but as an advanced sewer, even I had a fiddly time getting those midriff inserts to go in well and had to rip out and fix the curves a few times.
Brocade with b/w pictures of old style band singers. The black part is heavier suiting fabric with some give. My fabric shop only gets leftover bolts from Vienna were the content isn't listed.
Both fabrics have been in my stash about a year. I've been waiting to find the right pattern for the b/w print.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
- Regular adjustment: short-waist, sway back. Unregular: The neckline went way to high, so I cut off 1.5 inches.
- I lined it due to stretch problems with the fabric at the neckline and armholes. I'm going to still have to go and take the princess seam by the armhole in a little.
- I made a deeper hem.
- The straps ended up being too long in front which made me have to go back and fiddle with them. Since my fabric was stretching out, making one strap narrower than the other, I gave up and ended up serging them together at the shoulder seams. Looks messy, but still tolerable since this is my muslin.
- Since this would be hard to wear with any bra except a strapless, I cut up an old bra and sewed it onto the lining between the lining and outer fabric.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I'll sew this again, but probably draft out the midriff vents. I think this would do well in a stable knit instead of the linen they suggest.
If you're looking for a cool dress and wanting a bit of a challenge with that design detail, go for it. I really love mine I would only recommend this to smaller busted ladies. C cup might be pushing it.