|View / Size used: Size 40, this was the closest size for me for waist and hips. My full bust was bigger than size 40, but I figured with stretchy fabric and all those gathers, I'd be ok.|
Fabric Used: Some kind of poly mix from Fabric Planet downtown
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Not a thing
Were the instructions easy to follow? This pattern had a 'Sewing Course', so there were actual illustrations to help you along! I still struggled a little, but I NEVER would have been able to put this dress together without the additional illustrations.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I really like that all of the seams (except the side seams) are nicely tucked away. I think it's great design, adding all those gathers without adding too much bulk at the empire line, and still providing shaping at the waist via the tie. I will say that the ties are almost floor length, which seems a little excessive for a casual dress.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the finished garment?
This has to be the worst pattern placement in the history of sewing. OK, maybe not, but I did a really shoddy job with the pattern placement. When I was laying it out, I briefly attempted to match up the side seams. I decided that it was impossible, and I couldn't figure out what pattern piece was going to end up at the center front so I abandoned trying to line anything up at all.
The back is cut on the fold, and I totally missed the opportunity to have the back V-neck line up with one of the chevrons. There is also some really badly mis-matched lines of chevrons in the front. The pattern placement bothers me when I look at the pictures, but not at all really while I'm wearing the dress, hahah.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I might just sew it again, I think the design would look great in a solid (should have done it in a solid first, dammit). I would recommend it, it's surprisingly quick to make, but that recommendation would come with the notes on construction which are on my blog.