This pattern allows you to make different kinds of historical accurate Elizabethan gowns. This is the second time I am using View 4 for my costume
I made it in size 8. Last time (see my other pattern review!) I already found out it's a pattern from the 80's and does not fit my body at all. My limbs are longer and overall I'm thinner. So be very certain the pattern parts will fit you! I had to add length to about every piece.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Totally! I made some alterations and additions, but it most certainly looked like the drawing on the envelope.
Please not that although there are ruffs and cuffs on the pattern envelope, there are no patterns for that in this particular one.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
No, not really. If you are a beginner you might consiger going for an easier pattern. The instructions are not complete and it requires a bit more skill than the average pattern. My mother language is Dutch and sometimes I misread what they meant. That could be just me, or it's the way the instructions were phrased.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the historical accuracy a lot! The makers put a lot of effort in it to make sure it's correct and it is.
Dislike: It's a hand drawn pattern from the 80's so it requires more thinking and problem solving.
I used an off-white sort of cotton-blend (can't remember what it was) which was a little bit shiny but not like silk. That's it's for the actual gown but I did a lot of alterations in the design so I also used cheap lining fabric to make the decoration.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Well, I used the pattern to have it as a base for my Ditchley gown (as in: a replica of the gown Queen Elizabeth I used in the Ditchley portrait). The pattern itself I made bigger to fit my size and then I altered the design to make it look like the Ditchley portrait.
You can't see it on this photo but the backside is properly made in a gold-red brocade like on the portrait.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
For sure! I already made this gown twice, that tells enough doesn't it? I would only recommend it to someone who understands patterns just by looking at it and not someone who needs clear instructions.
Terrific pattern to make Elizabethan gowns but it's not an easy one.