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Posted on:4/24/05 9:52 AM

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PVA said...
Thanks for this review, Patti, your dress is beautiful. In the photo it looks like you've achieved a wonderful fit! Love the print. I too prefer that neckline finish & the modified v-neck looks very nice on you.
4/24/05 10:04 AM
flowermama said...
Your dress is beautiful. I have wanted this pattern for a long time and now I really want it! Love your neckline changes.
4/24/05 10:40 AM
jlg said...
Patti, your dress looks great on you. I love the fabric.
4/24/05 10:58 AM
Mandolin82 said...
Did you use the short-sleeve version of the dress? The drawing makes them look rather like cap sleeves (horrible on me), but they look more like set in short sleeves in your photo.
4/24/05 11:10 AM
Elona said...
Very cute, Patti! Thanks for the complete review and tips.
4/24/05 11:15 AM
Patti B said...
Mandolin, It is the short-sleeve version. I agree cap sleeves are not always what I want and that was why I used the binding -- to add just a little more length to the sleeve. All told, it's probably an inch longer than if you followed the pattern. Using a knit also makes it less cap sleeve in appearance.
4/24/05 11:50 AM
Peggy L said...
Love this dress on you!
4/24/05 12:12 PM
Jennifer shaw said...
Patti, your dress looks so wonderful on you! Thanks for the review.
4/24/05 1:02 PM
Izzie said...
Beautiful Patti! I love the fabric you chose. I've made 3 of these dresses too and I appreciate your tip on lengthening the sleeves. Your V-neck is a very nice modification and looks very flattering on you. Thanks for the review!
4/24/05 1:12 PM
Teri said...
Patti, Your dress looks great on you. I think the v-neck looks wonderful. Good job!
4/24/05 2:09 PM
Sherril Miller said...
I like the changes you've done at the sleeves and neckline. The fabric makes this a very special dress. You look so pretty and it fits perfectly!
4/24/05 2:52 PM
BjP said...
Great looking dress - I envy those of you who can look wonderful wearing long dresses! If I looked as good as you do in that style, I'd wear them, too!
4/24/05 3:17 PM
MaryBeth said...
The dress looks great on you, Patti, and the vee neckline worked just fine. Hmmm, maybe this pattern needs to get moved up on the list...but I think I'll learn from you and not use that rayon knit
4/24/05 3:34 PM
Karen Bowers said...
i love this pattern; i've made it at least 3 times, and plan to make more! i didn't realize maxine's store was the last one in california. i love it when she comes to san jose, and i'm able to go!
4/24/05 3:34 PM
Julia Graham said...
That really is a gorgeous fabric. Also love the "hourglass ... with more sand sifting through" comment. All this time I didn't realize that the solution to my figure problems was headstands! :-)
4/24/05 3:49 PM
Cambric Tea said...
This fits you so well and is extra flattering.
4/24/05 6:07 PM
Danvillegirl said...
Very pretty dress. It looks very nice on you. I have yet to make this pattern. Have had it forever. I keep thinking it will make me look shorter. Need to rethink this perhaps.
4/25/05 5:50 AM
AnneM said...
Beautiful dress. Love the fabric, and the look is excellent. I think the heavy knit gives a nice shape to the dress. I keep looking at this pattern, & can never decide if it would look good on me or not. I like it on you, though.
4/25/05 7:20 AM
JDpenelope said...
Great dress and review. I've been eying this pattern and may have to get it now that I see yours. I'm not sure I understand the distinction between the Tilton half French binding and the Loes method. Would you say these are two different "ribbing" techniques? I prefer a bound neckline, too. BTW, Linda Lee of Sewing Workshop recently recommended against using rayons--any rayon, not just rayon knits--in skirts and dresses, because, she says, the hems "grow" and become uneven. Was very disappointed, since I have accumulated quite a bit of rayon in my stash. Am taking this "under advisement", but not sure I'll observe her warning!
4/25/05 10:02 AM
PixieCat said...
Beautiful dress. It looks great on you!
4/25/05 3:05 PM
Jan B. said...
Your version looks great and your comments are appreciated. Nice variation.
4/25/05 6:12 PM
PegL said...
Love your dress! You look wonderful in it! I've gone back and forth on whether I should get this pattern and you've definitely made me think more about it! Great review!
4/26/05 2:23 PM
JDpenelope said...
I'm looking at this pattern again. Londa recommends this pattern for slinky knit, but I'm worried that it might be too heavy for this dress. Still considering.
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