Steampunk style waistcoat, bustier and skirt.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Similar, but not quite since I turned it into a vest.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, thought I didn't really use them much.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
It's a really cute style and has pieces for skirt, jacket and bustier.. Nothing to dislike about it.
I used a black cotton twill for the vest. I think it would be the perfect weight for the jacket if I had made it.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I removed the sleeves, and cut the shoulders narrower since I didn't want it to extend too far out. The pattern is drafted so the shoulder was about 1/2-1" past the normal shoulder on my daughter and we wanted a more vest-like look.
My daughter is also much shorter than the models, so I had to eliminate several inches in the back to waist length. This made it just right for two large buttons... perfect for the look she wanted to achieve.
I also shortened the hem to just below the hip and added a tiny ruffle to the bottom edge. There are pictures of the look she wanted to achieve for this vest on myblog.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I don't think I would sew the vest again, but the costume is pretty cool and one of my daughters may want to do a steampunk look someday. I'll keep the pattern, just in case.
Conclusion: Cute pattern for lots of cosplay adaptations. I'm sure I could use the pieces for many years (and costumes) to come.