|NOTE: *** This is a "Frankenpattern" dress. *** The top of the dress from shoulders to midriff was an altered/redesigned version of the Textile Studio Santa Monica Tee, and the waistband and skirt was self drafted. |
More pics and angles of this dress can be seen here on my blog.
Textile Studio Santa Monica Tee: Specifically designed to fit comfortably under suit jackets, this close fitting top features a narrow raglan sleeve with darted shoulder, semi-squared off boat neckline, side shaping and 3 sleeve options: long, cap and three quarter length.
XXS - 33/34, XS 35/36, S 37/38, M 39/40, L 41/42, XL 43/44, XXL 45/46
I used a size S (37/38). My previous reviews on the TS Santa Monica Tee include details on sizing vs. my measurements as well as alterations for fit.
The midriff band and skirt were self-drafted/custom fitted.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
No. Part of the top became part of my dress.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Did my own thing. No directions were needed.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
My TS Santa Monica Tee pattern has be revamped/restyled so many times I've lost count. It has produced numerous tops/dresses/tunics in my wardrobe with various style changes. It had a perfect upper body fit for a dress idea I sketched on paper.
A black rayon/lycra knit and black stretch lace.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Um...a lot! I created a princess-seamed version of this top several years ago so I could use it for projects like this. The seaming allows me to mold the top to my body which came in handy for a snug fit under the bust before attaching the body-hugging midriff band.
In addition, I changed the neckline to a V-neck and modified the sleeve pattern to sleeveless and used lace for this pattern piece.
The midriff band is stretch lace in the front and solid rayon/lycra in the back. Reason why? I was thinking about adding a CB zip, but then decided none was needed. I wasn't going to redo the midriff band either.
The skirt was simply two rectangles gathered at the top edge and attached to the lower edge of the midriff band. Super easy, and the rayon/lycra has excellent drape.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I'd sew it again. In fact, I wanted to keep this dress. I was designing a dress for my daughter and this is what I came up with. She really liked it, and took it back to college but only AFTER I shortened the hem another 3"! My review and blog pics were taken before shortening so you can only imagine how short it ended up lol. We are about the same in measurements and height so it ended up being...SHORT! But that's how the PYTs like their dresses these days.
A great dress, cute LBD, and I wanted to keep it for myself. Unfortunately, I had to let it go.