|Pattern Description: |
Close-fitting, below mid-knee or below mid-calf length, flared dresses A, B have princess seams, neck and armhole finished with purchased bias tape.
I cut a size 14, but I added 1 inch to the center panel because I needed it in the bust and waist. However, beginning about 5 inches from the neckline, I took the inch out in the princess seams to make the neckline fit more snugly.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the princess lines, the neckline and the flared skirt.
I used a very sheer cotton which I then underlined with batiste.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
In addition to the alteration in the center panel that I mentioned earlier, I also took the shoulder seam up about 1/2 inch. I think this made the small cap sleeve snug around my upper arm better rather than having it stick out at an angle.
Additionally, the pattern called for single fold bias tape to finish the sleeve and neckline. I think that bias tape made from the fashion fabric is much softer and easier to work with and is much prettier so that is what I used. The pattern called for top stitching the tape down but I don't like top stitching on a dressier dress, so I hand sewed it down.
Finally, for the zipper, I did a hand-pricked lapped zipper.
There are more pictures and details Here.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I wouldn't necessarily want two of these, so probably not.
Fun, swingy summer dress.