Misses’ & miss petite dress with bodice variations and tie belt.
4-20 I made my usual Project Runway 16/18 mash-up. Chose View C for the bodice and used the cap sleeves.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yep, these project runway patterns are always well represented on the envelope.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I only looked at them to see how the bodice V notch was supposed to be sewn. They seemed perfectly clear when skimmed.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked the various bodice variations and the shaped gathered skirt is much more flattering on my figure than a gathered rectangle.
Silk/Cotton Voile fromm Gertie's Etsy store. Lined with white lightweight siri lining also from her store.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
1. Shortened the bodice by 3/8".
2. Increased intake of back bodice dart to 2 1/4".
3. Added 1/4" extra width to the back armhole.
4. These sleeves have a problem where they seemed to have too much excess fabric under the arm. I made a last minute fix by taking a 1/2" wedge out of the sleeve seam. You can see from this side view that they still puff out in the back a tad. 5. I originally put the pockets in this dress, but there were made out of only the white lining and were highly visible when they gaped open. Decided to just take them out and sew up the seams.
6. After sewing on the facing on the bodice the edges on V notch flopped forward. This might have happened because the voile does not have much body or because you need to clip the seam allowances at the base of the V notch. Anyway it seemed that interfacing on the facing piece was not enough to hold the edges upright. To fix the problem I cut two rectangles out of some medium weight interfacing, then fused them to inside of the bodice right where the top of the V was folding forward. This gave the voile some extra support helping the V notice to stand up crisply. As an added bonus all of this is hidden by the bodice facing.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes! I really like wearing this dress. It's very comfortable and cool for the summertime.