|Pattern Description: |
Close-fitting, pullover dresses with neckline and sleeve variations.
Size 8-16. I cut a 10 for the sleeves and a 12 for the body of view A. I should have cut an 8 for the top and graded out to a 10 on the bottom.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, minus the ruching at the bottom.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Like: I love the cowl neck and the close fit of the dress. Every lady needs a tight fitting number for parties.
Dislike: The sizing on this pattern ran big. I could have cut a smaller size and saved myself the hassle of taking everything in.
A charcoal knit fabric. I found it at Goodwill, so your guess is as good as mine.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I shorten the bottom by 3 inches and lengthened the waist 1 inch. Also, my ruching at the bottom of the dress didn't look right. So I pulled the elastic out and did a blind hem stitch instead.
Lastly, I didn't follow the directions for inserting the sleeves. I took the advice of other reviewers and, for the first time ever, sewed the sleeves in flat. WOW! Sewing-Flat, where have you been all my life? I mean, Setting-in-Sleeves and I always had a rocky relationship. But after SF, I just want to “take a break” from SIS... and then hope he gets a clue. As T.Swift would say, "we are never, ever, ever, getting back together."
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I don't repeat patterns often, but I might sew this again. I would recommend it, but not necessarily for a newbie. Sewing with knits does take some know-how.
So this is my second attempt at sewing with knits. I think it turned out all right. It's a fun pattern with a simple construction. The only hard part is the sewing the knit fabric. I think the result is definitely worth the knit fabric woes.