|Pattern Description: |
"Lined dress has fitted bodice with side front and side back seams, skirt variations, and back button, loop and zipper closing." Fitted dress with a peek-a-boo back.
8 - 22. I cut a 14. I think I should have ignored the finished pattern sizes and cut a 12.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, with the exception of the LARGE bow.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked the vintage look of the dress. It is very modest, yet is very flirty. It is the perfect summer dress, and it will look great in the early fall with boots, belt and a cardigan.
I am all about interesting necklines or surprising backs and this dress fit the bill. I wish I did the gathered skirt, but in the end I think the fitted skirt looked better on me with this particular fabric.
The front and back had gathered darts which added a nice vintage touch to the dress.
I loved the back, but be warned, you will need a low back bra or you will have to adjust the back up about 3" to cover a bra.
As with all patterns - and RTW dresses - I encounter, I have a problem fitting the back. I was in such an excitement to sew this dress, that I forgot to add back darts. I have a narrow back and I find it necessary to add about a 1-2" dart at the back. I am sure this was partially due to my cutting a 14 when I usually go down a size in the top.
The back where the corners for the darts met, was a bit bulky, I'm sure part of it was my fault, but when adding the lining, it just seemed as if there was way too much fabric there. I notched, trimmed and pressed, but it still feels bulky.
I LOVE bows and all things girly, but I think that the bow would have been a bit too much with the printed fabric I used - and with my rear. Maybe if it was in a solid print I would have reconsidered.
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Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I used a broach to close the top and left the bow off.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I intend to sew it again in the B view - the gathered skirt. Since it would be getting cold, I would do that view without the open back so that it can transition easier. Yes, I would recommend to someone who has sewn a bit.
I loved the feel and look of this dress, with a few alterations it was my perfect summer afternoon/church dress! I will sew it again and now I know what changes to make!
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