|This was the pattern chosen for a one week sewing camp. Six versions (seven counting my sample) were made.|
Top or dresses (close-fitting through bust) have back button shoulder straps, lined upper sections, pleated front/darted back lower sections, invisible back zipper and narrow hem.
NOTE: this is an accurate description. The only fit is through the bust. It is not fitted under the bust or anywhere else. Sort of a Victorian style, I guess.
6-22; We made mostly 6's and 8's. One of the girls was curvy and we had sizing problems with hers.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Most of them look very much like the pattern envelope. We had one top, 3 dresses, and 2 maxi dresses.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Because the students are learning, I had to change the instructions. Written instructions are to attach bodice front to bodice back, attach skirt front to skirt back, then attach entire bodice to entire skirt. These instructions make zipper insertion more difficult.
So we attached the front bodice to the front skirt, then back bodices to back skirts. Then we inserted the zipper flat. Next we sewed side seams and checked for fit.
Changing the order of construction also helped with fitting.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
One of the students selected this pattern. I think it is a very flattering look for teen-agers. As it happens it is a very flattering look for teen-agers who are not curvy (yet).
It is very difficult to fit if the bust and hips are drastically different. Also it's just not flattering with curves. I noticed that the bum pops out if there is more curve there. And there is no room for larger chests.
Still, an adorable little dress for the right figure, I think.
The girls mostly chose quilt cotton, as it is the easiest to find. That big-box quilt cotton is really weak fabric. Too easy to tear when you are not intending to do so.
One girl chose a cotton canvas which made my eyebrows shoot up, but I noticed only after she had visited the cutting table. That fabric worked fine. You don't need a lot of drape on this anyway.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
The girls tried on my size 6 sample and we chose pattern sizes from there. Very little tweaking was needed, except for the curvy girl. She was pretty unhappy with the way hers turned out.
As mentioned above, we changed the order of construction.
We also used a conventional lapped zipper as none of the girls had the proper foot for an invisible zipper. Two of the girls chose to insert an exposed zipper.
One of the girls added a band at the bottom to accommodate her height and her color blocking idea.
We put buttonholes on the dress, and buttons on the straps. This allowed us to tweak fit there.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I probably won't sew it again, but it's a cute dress for a beginner, particularly those with the figure type for it. I definitely recommend it.
Cute dress, fun projects!
Another short dress version