|Pattern Description: Very loose-fitting, pullover dress has neck binding, mock wrap bodice, elasticized (seamed) waist, and stitched hems.|
Pattern Sizing: 8-24. I made an 8.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, more or less. The model is about twice as tall and half as wide as I am, so the dress hangs differently on her. But the line drawing is representative of the shape of the final dress, for sure.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. I would say they err on the side of too easy though. I was pretty disappointed in the shortcuts this pattern takes. Sleeves, I'm looking at you! And the neckline- just a fold-and-stitch job with no interfacing? Lots of danger in ending up with a wavy mess there.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the silhouette- I don't often wear things this loose, but I feel like this relaxed, blousey look is very on-trend right now. And the neckline is interesting. The overlapped front bodice pieces can be a little dangerous though in this kind of full shape. Lots of potential for sneaky peeks to happen! See here.
And these sleeves are just silly. Seriously, Vogue, I expect a bit more! If I wasn't such a rule-following sewer, I would have disregarded the instructions and did my own thing, because it's really lame how they instruct you to make them. I kept thinking that if I just went with it, in the end it would make sense, but it just really never did and they're shameful. Good thing my underarms aren't frequently on display!
ETA: Here's a scan of the pattern instructions for the sleeve. My complaint is the lapping action- it's just so lazy and leaves the raw edge there. And here's what my finished dress looks like there. This is a difficult area to photograph, so excuse me!
Fabric Used: Silk jersey. It's so luscious and so drapey! I love it. I was saving it for just the right dress and I got impatient. In retrospect I don't think this was necessarily "it" but I was tired of hoarding it and just wanted to get the fabric made up into something I could enjoy. I'll definitely wear the dress though, so no regrets.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Nothing really that interesting. I made the 8 despite the fact that my measurements would put me in the 14, because the dress has approximately one gazillion inches of ease built in and I like my clothes to stay on my body. I'm glad I didn't make it any bigger (see the danger for wardrobe malfunctions called out above).
I added a strip of fusible tricot interfacing to the neckline edge where it's turned and stitched, just to keep the area from stretching out over time and to ensure that the hem didn't stretch as I sewed it. Same for the sleeves. I love that fusible tricot!
The only other thing I did was use 3/8" elastic at the waist instead of 1/4" because I feel like it's more supportive, especially with such a heavy full skirt. I strongly considered adding pockets, but I didn't. If I make it again I probably would. And obviously, I didn't make the maxi length.
I also might go back and tack the front bodice piece down, or may even sew a line of stitching down the topstitching to secure it to the under piece. I wore the dress with no problems once, but I think it might feel better that way- no worrying about people being able to see through the opening to my undergarments while it's on. My wide elastic belt helps reign it in a little, but when I wear a skinny belt, there's definitely some gaping happening.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Eh, maybe. I'm in no rush to do so, and if I did I would probably make some changes to it. But I think it's a cute style.
I think I can comfortably recommend it with a couple of call-outs. It's an easy dress to make as long as you mark carefully. The neckline can go majorly wrong if you don't pay attention to all the dots and marks and get everything where it belongs. I did that and I didn't have any trouble with things lining up and the whole thing came together easily. However, as I mentioned above, I kind of expect more in the way of finishing and techniques from a Vogue pattern. Maybe that's misplaced expectation, but for a pattern that is supposed to retail for $32 (does anyone really pay that, btw? that's insane!) it's pretty lame and more along the lines of what I would expect from a Simplicity It's SEW Easy kind of thing.
Conclusion: It's alright. I'm happy with my dress and I'll definitely wear it, but the pattern is honestly just kind of meh.