2Mar2014: I really love this pattern and have made another dress with the band all in one fabric along with the skirt in a print using a blank band. I used the size 1 (xs) for these two versions. I like my skirts/dresses long and don't have a full length mirror in my house but after uploading the latest photos I will be shortening future versions by a couple of inches. These appear to be a bit too long on me.
Pattern Description: Scoop neck dress. Includes a band at the hem. Has cutting lines to make a skirt.
Pattern Sizing: Seven sizes included: 1-4 (in .5 increments). I chose the 1.5 based on the finished measurements that were included but this ended up giving me too much ease so I have traced size 1 for my next one.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? More or less given the fact I excluded the band on my wearable muslin.
Were the instructions easy to follow? They look easy to me but I didn't actually use them since I was excluding the band and neck/arm bindings on this version.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love this pattern. I live in Arizona where it's either hot or warm at least nine months out of the year. I wear a lot of sleeveless tops and dresses. I love dresses because they're comfortable in the heat and I don't have to think about coordinating tops with bottoms. With the option of adding the band (or not), varying the lengths, including binding or hemming the arm/neck hems I see a lot of these in my future.
Fabric Used: I used a rayon-lycra that has been in my stash for 5+ years. I don't recall where I got it but it seems like it might of been Wazoodle. I remember it being very cheap so I bought 3.5 yards which. I used about 1.5 yards of it since it was 58" width. The recovery on the fabric is weak so I notice when I wear it the under arm area wings out a bit but I don't think that will be a problem on better quality fabric.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I made the size 1.5 without alterations. It was too big so I took it in 1/4" on the sides plus another 1/4" (tapering down about 4 inches) under the arms. It's still a little big and I need to shorten it about an inch just above the waist as the hip curve lies a little lower than it should. I'm 5'3" but have proportionately long legs so it's rare that the waist is in the correct place on a pattern.
The dress falls within my preferred length without adding the band so I just hemmed it and turned over the arms and neck 3/8" and stitched. If I make a version with the band I will have to shorten it about four inches.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes!!! In fact, I'm cutting another one out today and I'm sure I'll make the skirt at some point too.