|Pattern Description: My second go at Pattern A, the Bubble Dress from Akiko Mano's Book. I've made the dress once before a year ago (Blogged here) and though the dress looked great, at the time I'd misunderstood the instructions and thought the allowances were included (oops). Last year, I'd borrowed the book in Japanese. This time, I had the French version and it was more plain-sailing. |
Pattern Sizing: I lengthened the largest size (age 8) by 7cm to fit my 9-year-old for this summer and the next. I kept the original width at bodice.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, very much so.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Apart from being in French, they're minimalist and pictorial but one gets by. Probably wouldn't suit a complete beginner.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? This dress takes a lot of fabric (3 metres!!) so can be costly but the results are so wow that I really don't mind. The dress looks very opulent (if that's the right word) and is totally unlike any other dress out there.
Fabric Used: Cotton seersucker. More pics on blog post Bubble and Squeak
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I lowered the pockets by 3cm.
After finishing the dress according to the instructions, I unpicked a gap in the lining, turned inside out and French seamed the hem. That way, one the lining was sewn up again, no seams show. The result? The dress looks even more expensive. This was an idea given to me in the comment on the post for the dress I made last year (Blogged here)
Conclusion: Brillilant! One of my fave patterns ever!