Loose-fitting dress has collar with casing, yokes (self-lined back, cut on crosswise grain), princess seams, side pockets, back pleat, and hem band. Variations: Self-lined cap sleeves, long sleeves, buttoned or front zipper. I made View B, with front zipper.
Outside of the “loose-fitting” part, I found the sizing pretty true to body measurements. The neckline, collar and shoulders fit right out of the envelope for the size I selected.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, I think mine looks pretty similar, although I did make alterations as was needed for the fabric.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, instructions were fine to follow. I would say though that the rating should more like moderate; not easy as is stated due to the assembly of curving princess seams plus the many pattern pieces and many steps. A rating of easy makes me think of a pattern with a few large pieces and few steps.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love this style with the many surprise details some of which are:
Collar with casing
Tilt of the back panel and beveled lower band
Stand up collar option
I purchased white Chiyo Japanese cotton from Marcy Tilton. Even though white is not one of my colors to wear, I really liked the print and had the idea that I could dye it to some natural tan-ish color which would not affect the red dots and stripes. I used Ritz liquid dye in tan and followed the instructions on the container. The result was a good natural tan shade with the red dots and stripes turning slightly more burnt red and still standing out with good contrast.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I really like all features of the dress and style, but made these minor changes due to personal preferences:
-I wanted the length to be at my knees. I added 1 ˝ inches to the length above the band within the body of the dress (not at the lower edge).
-Installed a 22 inch invisible zipper that ended in the lower front of dress as opposed to the separating zipper. With the added length I did not want the weight of a longer separating zipper and didn’t need it to get in and out of the dress. Having said that, I do love the idea of using a separating zipper which is part of the “wow” details for this dress.
-I noticed the fabric was a little stiff after the dyeing process and thought it might billow out and stand away from the body too much, so I basted the entire dress together which confirmed that it was too much on me. Width was removed at sides and back of lower dress to my liking and lower band adjusted to fit. I stitched the back pleat about 1 ˝ lower. While not as voluminous as the original pattern, I think it still reads as full and the basic shape is retained. It still has fullness and it stands away from my body. A note here, I believe the fabric type has such an impact on the way the dress will hang on the body. The softer, light weight fabrics will fall nicely with the original fullness designed in the pattern. Firmer and stiffer fabrics will tent out more. Of course, though, it may be the desire of the creator to choose the latter which would be perfectly wonderful. So many of these choices are individual preferences.
-I top stitched the pockets to keep them flat. I like the top stitching and think I may take the dress back to the machine and top stitch all the wonderful serpentine princess seams to showcase them more.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Once is enough for this unique dress. Yes, I do recommend it. It is such a wonderful take on the A-line dress, full of unusual design elements. The collar alone is worth getting this pattern!
Made me want to put on my red reading glasses!
What a fun and wonderful little dress. Such a great package all in one! I will enjoy wearing it around.