|Pattern Description: From back of pattern envelope: Dress has loose-fitting bodice (overlapped neckline) cut-in-one with longer than regular length, elasticized sleeves, fitted skirt, invisible side zipper, and optional thread loops. Dress is cut on crosswise grain. |
Pattern Sizing: A size10 (approximately!)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? yes! (although I omitted the elasticized sleeves)
Were the instructions easy to follow? yes, absolutely!
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the fact that there is no real fitting required on the bodice - it's loose and comfy and the bat-wing sleeves mean that there's no sleeves to add in either! The style also means that it's super comfortable to wear.
Fabric Used: I used 100% woolen fleece, purchased from The Fabric Store in Melbourne - nice and warm and cozy!
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
1) Because my chosen fabric is much thicker than the recommended fabric, and also contained less stretch, i had to omit the elasticized sleeve - it was just too bulky to accommodate it. NB - these sleeves are very tight and narrow, so if your fabric isn't super stretchy, i'd think about widening them slightly. Without the elastic, I found them a very snug fit, but fine.
2) I lengthened the hem by 5cm. I'm very glad i did, as it was only just long enough, even with the added length and a very small hem.
3) I didn't have any of the clear elastic on hand, so I just used wide elastic to the length I desired and centered this over the bodice/skirt join and stitched it down in the seam allowances.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I would definitely recommend this pattern!
I have so many other projects in my 'to make' list, but I'd be keen to make this up again one day in a thinner, stretchier wool and try and include the elasticized sleeves.
It's easy to make and comfortable to wear, and the overlapped bodice gives it an air of sophistication (well, at least, I think it does!). And this dress means I can wear fleecy fuzzy outfits to work - and nobody can tell!
More pics and information on the construction of this dress can be found on My Blog