Lined dress has front neckline pleats, close-fitting bodice (slightly above waist), pleated skirt, thread loops, and invisible back zipper. Hem is topstitched in place by hand. Purchased belt.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
I think so. Mine is longer, but otherwise pretty close.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I glanced at them and they seemed ok. I didn't examine them closely. I looked at them when it came time to put the interfacing on. It helped.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I didn't think I would like the pleats. I thought they would puff out and maximize my hips and stomach, but they didn't. They lay down nicely.
Cotton gingham for the fabric and a white poplin for the lining.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I didn't use the facings for the hems. I just extended the length by 6 inches and turned it up. For the lining, I made it a lot shorter. Not really by design, but by shortage of fabric. It turned out ok.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would sew it again. I liked it. It has a retro-ish feel, but is modern enough to wear to the office and not look like it is a costume event.
This was a fairly quick project with a nice result. The plaid on the pattern cover inspired me to use gingham. More on my blog.
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