|DD had an event that called for a little black cocktail dress, and Gertie has designed a great little number. DD tried to imitate the pose by the car mirror, but somehow a Subaru doesn't cut it like a 57 Chevy.|
Patterns by Gertie (Gretchen Hirsch) Dress has close-fitting, lined, boned bodice with right front pleats, inset, pleated drapes, inside belt, semi-fitted, underlined skirt, left front pleats, lined sleeves, invisible back zipper and slit.
Misses sizes. I cut a straight fourteen, and it fit like a miracle.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, except I eliminated the front drape and skirt pleats.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, very easy to follow; they were well-written instructions.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked the style, the pattern drafting was superb, and the dress went together easily. In fact, with just some tiny tweaks at the bodice straps, the dress pretty much fit right out of the envelope. Thanks, Gertie!
I used a black silk shantung underlined with silk organza, both from the Mill End Store in Portland Oregon. The Bemberg rayon Ambiance lining came from Joann, and the cap sleeves were stretch lace from stash. The jet button at the top of the zipper came from my grandmother's button stash, which I inherited.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
DD nixed the front drape, and the lack of it made the pleated side look funky, so the pleats on the skirt went too. This was discovered during the muslin stage, so it was easy to just clone the side with the dart.
The dress inexplicably did not call for a lined skirt (just underlined with a lined bodice), so I added the lining. I made the sleeves out of stretch lace, instead of the fashion fabric.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Not likely to sew it again - so many patterns, so little time - but I certainly recommend it.
Very nice, well-fitting, easy-to-put-together dress.