|Pattern Description: |
Misses shirt dresses, one for wovens, with a drawstring waist and one for knits, with long sleeves.
I made a 10, I wear a 6 or 8 in rtw
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Well, I dunno. It's unfortunate they didn't include a picture of this dress on a real model because it's hard to know what it will really look like based on drawings only. I think they would have sold more if it didn't look quite so '80s on the envelope. I made some changes, otherwise it would have looked like the picture.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like shirt style dresses with waist definition. I like the collarless neckline and I love a shirttail hem.
What you can't see in the pattern picture is that the arm holes gape a LOT. You must wear a cami underneath, which is a bummer for a Summer dress. And it's not an easy alteration to make on this pattern because of the raglan construction--you'd have to alter both the bodice front and back and the sleeve pieces to fix it. Also, the sleeves are VERY big, I'll talk about what I did fix that in a following section.
I used a rayon challis, probably a drapier fabric than recommended, but it worked out fine. I can't even imagine how much those sleeves would stick out in a shirting, haha.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I shorted the hem in front by two inches and around the sides and back by one inch. I think they length was a little frumpy, hitting below the knee. This is not something I usually have to alter, so keep the length in mind, as you hem it before you attach the placket.
Also, when I finished the dress, those sleeves stuck straight out and looked ridiculous. I fiddled with them in the mirror and pleated them back about an inch and attached with a matching button. You can see a close-up of this on my blog if you click my photo above.
Lastly, as usual, I faked the button placket. I always do this when a dress slips on fine over my head. I just sew the buttons on through both plackets--no button holes required
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I like this dress, but I won't make it again. I recently reviewed Vogue 8810 which is another modified shirt dress and I like it much, much better.
I'm happy with my dress and am glad I made it in a fabric that can transition into Fall and even Winter--I think it would look great with a long-sleeved tissue tee underneath and tights and boots. So, it's a very versatile dress and I do recommend the pattern, keeping the huge sleeves in mind.