Sleeveless dress with crossed bodice dart and pleated skirt.
My pattern was sized 6-14. I made a 14 with bust/waist adjustment and it fits great. I usually wear an 8 or 10 in RTW.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, it looks the same except for the darts. The darts on the envelope look like they are only sewn up part way. The darts in the pattern are sewn up almost to the point, but stops early. I'm still not sure where it is supposed to end.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, the instructions were straightforward. I've heard the zipper instructions are not very good, but I put in an invisible zipper so I didn't read them.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Once I did the fitting, the dress went together super fast. The front darts are a nice detail and it is super comfortable to wear.
I used a cotton twill from the Lisette fabric line. In hindsight it is a bit heavy, but it works and I love the pattern/color. The photos are pretty washed out. It is more of a bubble gum pin in real life.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Alterations on the bodice of this was a little tricky with the darts. I took the Sew the Perfect Fit on Craftsy and used this as my learning garment. I made a horizontal slash above the bust and lowered the bottom part of the front bodice until the bust darts were in the right place. I made two small darts to close up the gaps at the side seams by slashing and pivoting and then moved the extra fabric into the side seam. I also had to extend the side seams at the waist and graded it into nothing at the armhole.
Other than that, the only other change I had to make was seam the back bodice piece because I ran short on fabric after I did all the alterations. GRRR!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would sew it again. It isn't the most flattering dress I've ever worn, but it went together so fast and is so comfortable to wear that I'd love to make another in a fabric that drapes better.
This is the first project that I've tried to properly fit to myself in over 10 years. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out even though it isn't perfect.