|Pattern Description: |
Wrap dress with A, B, C, & D cup size pattern pieces.
Standard sizing. My pattern had 6 through 12. I made a size 10.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes. I modified the sleeves to be shorter, although my fabric is fairly substantial so I probably would have been better off with the 3/4 length in the pattern.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Well, yes, but...
Hook & eye closure for a wrap dress? I don't know about you, but I've had hook & eyes that come undone. On a wrap dress, that is a recipe for disaster. And you totally lose the flexibility of being able to change the fit depending on the day (you know how that goes!). I used a self-fabric tie for the outside closure & a thin ribbon for the inside closure.
Also, the pattern says to use commercial bias binding. My fabric has plenty of stretch, so I just turned under & stitched. However, if you want to use a self-fabric binding, you would need to have more fabric than specified in order to do that.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love that it has the different cup size pattern pieces! That saves time & effort. I used the A-cup size. I still had a few issues (see alterations, below). I dislike that they call for a commercial bias binding for the bodice section of the dress, but just turning under & stitching for the skirt. This would be an odd look, in my opinion; it should have a consistent look to avoid looking like an amateur attempt.
I substantial cotton-lycra that I bought from Metro Textiles in New York City. Very well behaved fabric.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I did NOT have to make a small bust adjustment, since it was done for me. I lengthened the torso slightly at the waist; I lengthened it slightly too much and have to watch that I don't slouch when sitting. Of course, I shouldn't do that anyway. And I ended up with too much fabric on the bodice front at the shoulders; I simply darted that out, and will take out a wedge from the pattern piece if I make this again.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I like the results. It is a basic style that has a lot of flexibility. I might easily make this again. A softer fabric will give it a completely different look.
A nice, fairly easy pattern with nice results.