|Pattern Description: |
Ruffly, feminine, Anna Sui wrap dress. I have made this dress before, and I modified the pattern for a casual shirt. I have my hair up in the following photo so that you can see the ruffles front and back.
front and back view
I sewed the 12.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Somewhat, due to mods.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Fairly easy. This garment is much easier to make if you have a serger with a rolled hem stitch for the hems.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the feminine style, and in particular, the neck ruffle. No dislikes, although I would recommend making a muslin first to tailor bodice length and darts.
Navy blue cotton jersey.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Well, I obviously modified it to be a shirt. I also used a knit fabric instead of sheers and wovens, which necessitated some other changes. All changes include:
1) Eliminated sleeves
2) Shortened "skirt" to 7".
3) Lengthened bodice by 1 3/4 inches at the waist.
4) Basted front closed at waist, and serged peplum/skirt to waist. This garment goes on like a tee shirt, and does not open at the side.
5) Eliminated darts in the back, and added a back tie to take up excess ease. I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to get this past my shoulders with a fitted waist, but I needn't have worried based on the fabric stretch.
6) I only had one fabric layer, instead of a lining and sheer layer. Hence, I could not finish the armholes and neckline the instructed way. I did a narrow hem at the neckline. I bound the armholes with self fabric.
I think that is about it. I finished the neck ruffle and peplum/skirt using the rolled hem on my serger. I also tried to finish the armholes this way, and wore this top to lunch with a friend. All I could think the whole time was that I was going to bind them properly as soon as I got home!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I think I might make another shirt in a drapey white woven, with some kind of fastener to keep the wrap "wrapped" (buttons, or a zipper, maybe?). I think it would be perfect for work under jackets.
Love my new shirt! Looks just as good with shorts, jeans, or a skirt.