|Pattern Description: |
A-line dresses have scoop neckline, front and back yokes, shoulder straps with buttons on back, front princess seams, side seam pockets, center back zipper, tucks on back, and ties in casings in back yoke seams. View B yoke and straps are from contrast fabric.
Pattern bust sizes are listed below as the yoke is really the only part which is fitted. I chose a size based on this data, and found the dress FAR TOO BIG. The finished measurements on the pattern tissue are 1-2" greater than the sizes listed here. I should have been more careful comparing these two sets of numbers. In addition, I thought the tie in back could be used to adjust any slack but this did not work.
XS (31.5-32.5") , S (34-35.5"), M (37-38.5"), L (40-41.5"), XL (43-45")
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, I think my dress is very similar to the illustration.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions are very clear, and easy to follow. The diagrams are large, and drawn well. Labels are visible, and steps are indicated in red.
I did not follow step 13 for the zipper because I used an invisible zip.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the casual ease of this design, and the scoop neck. The ties in back are cute additions to what is really a simple dress. The princess seams add SOME shaping though not much. I had to resew the side seams to get a little curvature for myself. The high yoke is pretty, and the curved seam is feminine.
I did not like the fact that the shoulder straps are so long as drafted, and attached with buttons. I didn't add buttonholes, and I am very glad for that decision after wearing the dress all day. The straps slide off my shoulders and need to be tightened.
A colorful linen blend from an online company. I wish I could remember but it was a long time ago. This fabric has been waiting to be sewn for about 3 years.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
1. I removed 3.5" in length, dividing the alterations into 3 places.
2. I did not use interfacing. (what a rulebreaker !)
3. I used an invisible zip rather than a regular zip.
4. Step 14 directed me to make casings using the yoke lining. I chose to add handmade bias tape as a casing and sew the ties within that tape.
5. No buttonholes were made, thank goodness. I'll be tightening the straps before wearing this again.
6. After completing most of the dress, I tried it on to mark the straps, and found that the upper yoke was at least 0.5" too big under my arms. I had already done all the finishing on this portion. I set it aside for a day, and came back to unpick all the work at the side seams. I then sewed the side seams with an additional 0.5" seam, and lapped the yoke seams approximately 0.75" on each side. The dress is still too big, but wearable.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I probably won't though I am curious to see what would happen if I went down a size and sewed it with no alterations. My husband loves the dress for its fabric, and the workmanship, but prefers sexier clothing. I think this is a cute pattern, and worth a try if you like a free flowing dress on a hot day.
Watch out for choosing a small enough size so the dress stays on!!
I like it but don't love it. I enjoyed constructing it, and enjoyed working with the luscious fabric. fabric detail I suspect I'll refashion this next year...stay tuned for that.