Dress with either a pleated flared or straight skirt. Dropped waistline shaped in a V at the centre front. Small cap raglan sleeves or sleeveless. Wide boat shaped neckline. Pockets in side seams.
Pattern Sizing:8-18, I sewed size 12, flared skirt version but should have cut out a 10.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were OK.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked the idea of a full skirt with a dropped waistline, the pleats giving a reasonably smooth hip line shape. Pockets worked well. I also liked the shape of the wide neckline and cap sleeves as shown on the pattern envelope. In reality I had to grapple with the fit of the bodice to get these right. The sizing just seemed to be too large.
It's a comfortable casual dress shape that can be worn easily under a jacket. OK for those cooler mornings when you go out but just know its going to get out warmer. However in the UK at the moment we are having a heat wave so no problem there, in fact should have made a sun dress! Worn with jacket
Fabric Used: Cotton batik.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: No real design changes as such but I had to alter the shape of the sleeves considerably. With the bodice half made the sleeves stuck out and looked as though I had "wings" . I unpicked them and reduced the shoulder seams by about 11/2 inches. I also tapered in the raglan sleeves at the armhole edge. I was a bit anxious that I didn't reduce them so much that ithe sleeves would feel too tight when I moved my arms around. It was OK. The sleeves are lined (the only part of the dress that is) so it's I worth getting the fit right first.
As the bodice was constructed completely before attaching the pleated skirt, getting the fit right was a problem. I attached the skirt and then reduced the back seams by about 2 inches and went back and shaped in the side seams at the waist. Should have sewn a muslin first!! Sewing the back seams of the bodice and skirt first and then adjusting at the side seams, as one reviewer suggested, would have been a good idea.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I have no plans to sew it again at the moment as I really like to try new patterns but I may in the future try the straight skirt, having sorted out the fit. I would recommend the pattern even though getting the size right was unusually frustrating.
Conclusion: A god shape for a full skirted summer dress but of course it uses a lot of fabric. I wasted fabric by not shortening it before cutting out.