|Okay, okay. I know. I use a LOT of quilting cotton. But the prints - the prints! I love them. You try finding trendy galaxy print in a cotton sateen or poplin. See. But, you walk down the aisle in JoAnns and voila, there it is! In quilting cotton. Le sigh. I can't resist, so oops! I just bought 4 yards. That's how it was with this cherry print. "oopsie - how did that get cut? Oh well, guess I'm gonna hafta use it now!"|
So, about the pattern. It's a fitted bodice that's can be made strapless, sleeveless or with a halter neck. I chose D with a ruched front bodice and contrast halter ties. I cut a 14. I chose this pattern because I liked the contrast (I got more quilting cotton for it!) and the pattern doesn't require a fabric that drapes well, because of the dirndl skirt.
Before the review, let's see the pictures because I know that what you really came here for.
Back and yes I need to add a hook and eye to the top of that zipper and please excuse the vacuum in the background, it was late
And now, the questions:
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I didn't really use the instructions until it came to the contrast bands, and they were not that detailed - I would have liked better pictures I think. I had trouble visualizing how to attach the facing contrast band attached to the bodice front - you stretch the curves on both pieces to fit - thank goodness for bias! At this step, the RIGHT side of the band (the striped material) faces the wrong side of the bodice (the cherry print). It's a little counter intuitive.
Quilting Cotton. You are free to judge me now.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I think this pattern runs large (although I'm all over the lot when it comes to the big 4 and I include New Look in there) because I sized way down from the 14 which is my upper bust measurement. I took it in almost 2 inches at the side back and should have altered the upper bust before attaching the contrast band. But, I will have to be happy with a tuck under the contrast. No one's gonna know, right?
And speaking of no one knowing... I tried a new seam finish and it's lovely. Rayon seam binding. Here's a pic:
I've decided to advance my sewing skills and have the inside of the garment look good. I.e., I'm trying to lay off the pinking shears. This method took an extra few hours, but I'll use it again because the inside is now something to be proud of.
Also, use a 14 inch zipper, not a 12 as indicated on the envelope. I can't step into my dress, I have to put it on over my head. My curls don't like that. There was a gap between the center back seam and the zip when put together as all markings indicate. It was probably drafted for a 14 inch zipper.
And even though the bias sash isn't in the pictures, it's perfect to break up the print a little bit.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I'm going to make the other halter (view C) in the galaxy print. Yes, I really did buy a galaxy print quilting cotton. I know I am heaping judgement upon my head right now, but I don't care. You guys, it will be amazing.
Yes, this is a fairly simple dress that is easy to alter due to the princess seams in the back, and I'd recommend it for an 1st or 2nd dress project. It really didn't take me that long. You can even use quilting cotton, though I probably wouldn't use it on view E, the sleeveless version.
Also, I have a new blog!