|Pattern Description: This is an out-of-print pattern from a source that still sells lovely rayon batik fabrics but has discontinued their pattern line. I purchased it years ago from Clotilde. It features various-length simple V-neck Asian-style tunic/dresses, sleeveless or sleeved. Also an elastic waist pants. I made the shortest length tunic, sleeveless. |
Pattern Sizing: xs to xl. I made the xl and it's too big, especially at the shoulder, arm side but also at neck. Lots of ease in this pattern. I normally need an FBA, but not with this.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Sort of. Mine flares a bit more at the hem, rather than hanging straight down, like the pic. I actually like this--am seeing more flared hems in RTW.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Would be super helpful for beginners. Very detailed.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I bought this pattern specifically for a silk brocade material in my longterm stash. The fabric, although exquisite, is very stiff and therefore needs a simple structured construction--it won't drape or dart well. No way to ease and shaping will be difficult. This pattern has an Asian feel but is otherwise rather simple, which is why I bought it. It has a bust dart and neck/arm facings, that's it. Fast to sew. This particular garment is a wearable muslin for the silk brocade. I'm using this strategy to reduce my seriously old fabric stash--making wearable muslins from fabric I otherwise don't know what to do with. This was a success. I'll definitely wear this--a real wearable muslin-- and I did learn a few things for the ultimate version in the expensive silk brocade.
Fabric Used: A rayon/poly blend, long in my stash, with a vaguely Hawaiian orchid print. Not terribly breathable due to poly content, hence its lingering in deep stash. This garment is very comfortable and cool, good for this fabric.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Straight up. From this garment, I can tell that I need to narrow the shoulders, especially at arm-side, so am going to grade to a L at shoulders and hips. The shoulders extend right to the neck and I may widen the neck opening also. The V neck depth is fairly modest. In the final brocade I am not going to be able to do buttonholes so will just end the fronts at center and use a frog closure. I am not sure how well the sleeves will work in the final version, since this muslin is sleeveless.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I am good-to-go with the brocade version with modifications above. Consider this if you have it in stash.
Conclusion: An OOP pattern for simple Asian-style tunics. Runs big, especially at shoulders.