|Victory Patterns: 1002 (Ava Top and Dress) - Type:Dresses |
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|Fabric:||Cotton [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: |
Ava features a sweetheart neckline bodice that cinches at the natural waist and leads into a fully flared skirt. Add optional pleated detailing along the front and back bodice. The garment has a side seam zipper closure. Sleeve options include: pleated cap, mini cap and sleeveless. Choose from three hem options: peplum blouse, short dress, and tea length dress. Have fun!
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, except I lowered the neckline. Here is a link to my flickr picture set
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions are very nicely done. This dress was a long term UFO but I was able to pick it back up without a problem.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Really like the skirt on this design. I could see putting it on other bodices in the future.
I had to modify the bodice neckline because a crew neck looks like a dog's breakfast on me. By adding 5/8" to the shoulder seams I got a scoop neck that was much more flattering.
The main purple fabric was labeled cotton but behaves nothing like cotton and truly is a fabric woven by the devil. I'm might just throw every last scrap in a metal trash can, set it ablaze, then dance around it while cackling. "Die devil spawn, die!"
The contrast is a silk crepe de chine, cause sewing THREE bias bindings in silk isn't the express train to crazy town.
They look great together but the sewing process was as fun as repeatedly sticking seam rippers in your eyes.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
1. Added 5/8" to the shoulder seams of the contrast to make the neck scoop deeper. The neckline binding then had to be increased the same amount.
2. Increased the length of the bodice 1 1/2". I'm guessing this was drafted for a smaller cup size and my "assets" suck up a bunch of the length.
3. Moved the dart position over to the right slightly to better line up with my apex point.
4. I did not bias bind the sweetheart seam between the two fabrics. Instead I serged the seam allowance and then edge stitched it down on the man fabric side.
Note, the side skirt panels, which are mostly cut on the bias, stretched a lot more and I had to recut the hem so that it was even. It might be a good idea to let the bias set before hemming if you make this project.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I probably wouldn't sew it again cause my fabric choices traumatized me.....devil fabric! I would recommend the pattern because it is very well drafted and stylish.
Even though my fabrics made the sewing process a hair raising experience I'm glad this dress is out of the UFO box and on my back.
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