Pattern Description: "The nostalgic sleeveless dress; from vest to pinafore dress. The dress reminds me of a dropped waist 20s dress.
Pattern Sizing: Sizes run 92cm-146cm; I chose View B with the gathered skirt in size 146 for K who wears a size 8/10 RTW.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? sort of. The waist on K looks WAY lower than the waist on the model. (I have fixed this now by shortening the waist 3-4 inches)
Were the instructions easy to follow? I followed the directions & they were clear and easy to follow. There is lots of top-stitching on this pattern where skirt meets bodice, where hem meets skirt, where neckline is as well as the arm holes. I used my serger to make the gathers on the skirt but in the end there was not a lot of them.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Armholes are too large; Waist is way too low. **UPDATED 08/20/13 ** I cut a good 3-4 inches out of the dropped waist part and raised the ruffle skirt. I like it much better now and K will get lots of wear out of it.
Fabric Used:K chose this at one of our Hancock trips. It has wedding phrases on it plus the bride and groom on the cake. It is a bit out there but she wouldn't let me leave without it; that girl has her own ideas. The piping and hem are from a turquoise gingham check that I just picked up last week to go with this dress. Gingham was ½ yard for $2.50. Wedding fabric I'm not sure the price, but I had a little over 1½ yards. Pattern called for just over a yard. Since my fabric had a pattern I should have gotten 2 yards.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I chose to fully line the bodice instead of using facings in retrospect, my fabric is heavy enough that I could have just used bias to face the neck and arm holes. The bodice is a bit heavy due to the lining and fabric. This makes the dress hang heavy and not flowy.
I chose to use buttons instead of snaps on the top of the bodice; due to the weight of it and the rambunctiousness of Miss K I didn't want any accidents happening. She is well old enough at 7 to manage the buttons
Conclusion: The original dropped waist looked funny on K. I didn't like the dress at first but now that I've adjusted it I really love it.
Overall this was an easy make and I was glad to use up that wedding fabric.