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I'm finally done! I finished the neckline and armscyes with organza and also added a self-covered fabric belt. If you would like to see more info on how I did the facing and other pictures go to my blog
Pattern Description: This is a shift dress pattern that I used to make an overdress
Pattern Sizing: 12
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? No
Were the instructions easy to follow? I did not need to follow the instructions but they are easy to follow.
Fabric Used: I used an embroidered pina fabric from the Philippines. It was a gift from my mother. I think it is hand-embroidered because when I removed some of the embroidery to make the darts less bulky there was an outline for the embroidery in pencil.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I used only the bodice portion and changed the dart from a French dart to a regular horizontal dart. I also made an adjustment to fix armscye gap. I also widened the waist slightly and made a slight broad back adjustment starting at the bottom of the armscye. I changed the neckline to be more of boat neck line. I do not have enough fabric to self bind the neckline or armscye, so I am going to use silk organza instead. I used an invisible zipper and place it on the left side so that it would be less obtrusive and not be in the way of the embroidery. Wonder tape and my invisible Bernina #35 foot made zipper insertion painless. Seams matched perfectly. I also reinforced the zipper seam with organza. Also I made sure that the waistline had plenty of room. However, the waist seam would ride down below the belt so I had to put clear elastic on the waistline, so now it stays up and in place with the help of belt loops on the side.
Would you sew it again? I do not think that I will sew this style again. Would you recommend it to others? Yes, would definitely recommend.
Conclusion: I'm happy with the result. Now just need someplace to go. If you would like to see more details, then go to my blog