|Pattern Description: Misses' dress; it's a Project Runway pattern (now OOP) with sleeve, skirt and various other variations included|
Pattern Sizing: 12-20; I made a 12 on top, widening out to a 14
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, actually
Were the instructions easy to follow? They were
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I loved the '60s styling of the dress. I really like the PR patterns in Simplicity; I like the variations, and they all seem to be drafted pretty well.
This ran very true to size (at least for me). You line the bodice, but with my rayon (blend? Not sure), the fraying was bad enough that I French seamed or serged the rest. I think I lost some width with the French seams. As I mentioned on my blog, this is a high-waisted dress. For me, at least, the waist hit right at the bottom of my ribs. It's difficult to move around much (or breathe, actually). I'm usually a 10/12 on top and 12/14 around the waist, so I'd keep that in mind if you make it up.
The end result is really cute. Besides the torso height issue (and the fact that I still had to fold out fabric at the upper back by the invisible zipper), I really liked this pattern.
Fabric Used: A rayon or rayon blend from Jo-Ann. I picked it out for its '60s vibe; it's a pink and brown floral print that is very silky and soft. It does wrinkle a bit and has no stretch to it whatsoever, but it's very nice to pet.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: None. Next time I would drop the waist by about 2" and cut the straight 14 except at the neck, where I might cut the 10 for neck width (but not for shoulder width). I'm not sure I'd line the bodice either, at least with a fabric like this. It's nice on the skin but not necessary.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I might, actually. I can see it in a sleeveless option in another rayon or silk blend. I would recommend it to others, but I'd suggest that people check the fit and tissue fit or make a muslin (at least of the bodice part anyway).
Conclusion: Pretty easy and quick to make, this dress is super cute and different from a lot of the others out there. Give it a try!