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From the pattern: Knit knee-length dress with front surplice neckline, cut on sleeves and an easily customizable midriff section.
Cake sizes 30 through 50. I made a size 35D with no changes.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Brilliant instructions. Simply written, well illustrated and a pleasure to follow.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love surplice bodices and full skirts, and I loved the striped version, especially since the pattern is well-marked for almost agony-free stripe matching. But mostly, I wanted to support Cake and give this a try. BTW, it's my first independent pattern make, and I am very impressed.
If there is any dislike about this pattern, in all honesty, it's the midriff. I just think for my body shape, Vogue 1027 is much more flattering to the fluff that's beginning to grow around my middle. IMHO. This has been the sole reason for my delay in jumping on the Tira wagon. However, in this dark dotty print, it's not very noticeable, unless you're sitting next to me! haha
A polka dot jersey from my stash
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I made one small change to the length of the neck edge by pulling it down by one inch at the CF.
I like to line the skirts on all my dresses, but I chose not to line this one because it's a dark colour, the print is busy enough to camouflage, and I didn't stabilize the midriff section, which would have been necessary to support the added weight of even a lightweight stretch lining.
You can see my contrasting neck and sleeve binding here.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Um. Where is the rating option "brilliant"? This pattern is so well-drafted and a simply wonderful way to pass an afternoon. I'd recommend this pattern to anyone wanting a fit-without-any-fuss knit dress.
I think this would be perfect for a beginner seamstress. The instructions are clear, the design is universally flattering and the customizations that are available with the design make this a win-win!