|This is a dress I made up 4 or 5 years ago, when I had just started sewing again.|
This is a Vogue Vintage dress, with 3/4 length kimono sleeves, and a tuxedo-pleated buttondown placket. The skirt is very full, with both gathering and inverted pleats.
I made a 16/18.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, particularly since I chose the same color fabric.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions were very straight-forward. It's not tricky at all, but there are many steps so I would not call it an "easy" pattern, but a beginner who is patient and wants to learn would have no problems making this up.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I'm not wild about the skirt, it's almost a drindl-style, and it's a whole lot of fabric without much benefit. I think you could forget the inverted pleats (except at center front where they hide the closure), and just gather it and get the same effect and save a yard or two.
I like the yoke with kimono sleeves. You can see here a back view that shows it off.
I also love the tuxedo pleats. What a nice effect for just a little extra work!
As noted in another review, the yoke at front does not stand on its own. If you make this up, do interface the front yoke opening with something. It will be tricky, because you don't want to do the entire yoke. I think a 1-2" strip of sew-in interfacing just at the front opening would do the trick. Or, if you prefer fusible simply fuse it to the facing so it doesn't show on the outside.
I used a cotton-poly blend. The other reviewer recommended something that didn't require ironing, and she was right. I never iron this dress but just hang it up out of the dryer.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I added to the shoulders, as I have square shoulders.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would not sew it again, as I'd prefer a circle skirt. However, I would not hesitate to recommend it to others.