|Pattern Description: |
Sizing: 4-12 (I am a size 6, which translated into an 8-10 for this pattern), got a little confused with the size references given in the instructions, but am glad I stuck to my original cuts instead of giving in to the impulse of cutting down. Eventually ended up cutting about 2 inches from each side of the finished dress...
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, did look like the photo
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Not really easy to follow- very few instructions, mostly pictures- once I got used to the descriptions and images, worked out just fine. Pressing my acrylic contrast fabric was a hassle so I ended up using stitch witchery / double-sided tape- which worked like a charm!
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
All in all, it was an easy pattern, once I figured out how to interpret the instructions, would not recommend to beginners- but then, this is the first New Look - Workroom pattern I've used, so I can only speak for myself
Cotton/Twill , Contrast fabric Acrylic
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Instead of an invisible zipper, I used a regular zipper which I "made invisible" myself and top-stitched with black and white thread- which gave it a nice, matching effect.
Left out the pockets as they would have taken away from the nice flow of the skirt- besides, my fabric was heavy enough as it is.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Defintely recommend. The dress is cute- and definitely not as frumpy as the last dress I made.
Went for a hit and miss experience and did not even do a muslin. Was surprised at how nicely the dress actually fits. Did not have to modify a thing!
Only tricky thing were the shoulder straps which I had to adjust after sewing in... Nothing that could not be fixed by just folding the strap in the front and adding a couple of stitches instead of ripping everything apart again... Did pay off that I cut the straps a little longer than on the pattern itself
This dress is a wardrobe builder- and I will definitely make at least one LBD from the pattern.
I love the fit of the bodice as well as the "flow" of the lower part- who does not enjoy a little "retro" flair?
For a beginner, the instructions are definitely a little on the skimpy side, but anybody who is not scared of pleats and invisible zippers should enjoy the pattern.
Took me about 4 hours to complete the dress with a total cost of about $20. To me, it can't get much better than that :D
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