|Pattern Description: Designed to be simple yet flattering. This dress has a lot of ease through the bust and hip, with elastic shirring at the waist to cinch it in. The waistline can be customized up and down to accent the wearer's natural waist. Choose between two hemlines, a classic straight hem or a more dramatic drop hem style, with optional side seam pockets. Cute alone or belted, with flats, boots or heels, it's a year-round wardrobe essential.|
Pattern Sizing: XS to XXL
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Very easy. This is a Basic/Beginner pattern on the envelope and the instructions are thorough, even reminding the sewist to backstitch! French seams and neck and armhole binding are explained very well. I also liked the construction of the side seam pockets. Rather than sew from the armhole to the hem around the pockets, they are sewn in three steps: armhole to upper notch/pocket stitching, hem to lower notch and then around the pocket bag. The pockets sit very nicely and there is no chance of a hole between the side seam and pocket! I did not like serging the side seams after this construction, though, as there were some pretty tight spaces along the way!
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the simplicity of the shape of the dress. It is a fun dress to wear and easy to construct. I'm thinking next time I will eliminate the pockets and finish all seams with a French seam. The pattern is printed on paper (nice!) and in two parts, one part per page. The bodice and skirt are printed separately, but cut together. Be sure to pay attention to the instructions on the pattern page to trace/attach part 1 & 2. I did not, tracing the bodice and skirt on the same page and could not figure out why nothing matched! This layout actually makes tracing easier, if you have a big table, because you can line up the pages and do one tracing.
Fabric Used: I used a cotton voile: Lydia by Alexander Henry.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: When I was doing the waist shirring, I kept testing after each set of rows. After one row, there just was not enough waist definition. After three rows, I still wanted more, so I ended at five rows!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would absolutely sew it again and recommend it to others.
Conclusion: This was a really fun and quick dress to make. It will also be fun to wear! I am so delighted to have found a new source for patterns in APril Rhodes and I cannot wait for her new pattern, Date Night Dress, being tested now.
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