A close fitting, straight dress with 3/4 sleeves. Neckline variations with options for contrast neck facing or V neck band. Sleeve and hem bands. Hem designed to be 1" above knee.
Pattern Sizing: XS - XL. I sewed the small size. Well, I started off small, thought better of it and added extra at the side seams only to have to take it off later! I should really have more confidence in both myself and the measurements but I can't get away from the idea that you can always take off but you can't add on!
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes. I sewed view C.
Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were quite straightforward and the pattern was quite easy.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the simplicity of the pattern and the contrast bands (not much else to it!) it is a good show case for a patterned fabric and provides the opportunity to pick out one colour in the contrast pieces. The V neck band is very neat. It is stitched on to the wrong side and flipped over to the right side and then top stitched around the outside edge.
The sleeve and hem bands on the other hand are stitched on to the right side, folded and then hand stitched on the inside. You need to decide on the length of the dress before adding the hem band. I still have problems deciding on the right length. It should be simple, after all we don't change except from perhaps shrinking as we get older. But it does depend on the style and the width of the bottom hem and as one of my sons commented, should be "age appropriate"! As there isn't a slit in the back of this straight skirt, it needs to be fairly short.
Fabric Used: A light weight silk for the dress and silk dupion for the contrast. This was some silk I had left over from another project (yet to be reviewed). I purchased at a discount, the end of a roll of some silk which was faulted. Some of the dye used had come off and marked the material. I bought extra to allow me to make a full length dress though the fault wasn't a great problem. I intended to make a loose top with what was left but I suddenly had a change of heart and found that I could just get this dress out of what I had. Coupled with this I had bought some mauve dupion half price in John Lewis's July sale. This was a good match and I felt it lifted the dress a bit which was otherwise was quite dark. Close up of fabric & neck edge
The neck band is actually more mauve than pinky as it looks here.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: None other than adding a lining to the dress (not the sleeves) This was simply made up in the same way as the main dress and attached at the neck edge and sleeve seams.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes. I have some cotton fabric ready to make this but I got side tracked by using some of my stash! I would recommend it to others although it is worth saying there isn't much shape in it. Apart from the bust darts it's very much straight up and down.
Conclusion: An easy pattern which could also be shortened to make a decent tunic top.
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