|Pattern Description: |
Misses & Miss petite dress in two lengths with pleated skirt and loose fitting cape jacket.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, I was going for version B and it was spot on.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Largely, yes, except for the pleats which were a bit confusing. They came out all right in the end.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Loved the jewel neckline - it's a trend these days, I think, and I would like to make it again. Would lower it an inch though as wearing this all day I felt a bit strangled - probably how men wearing ties feel, I would imagine.
I made the dress quite a while ago, but I can remember borrowing pockets from another pattern - such a shame they weren't included with the pattern! It is so simple and practical to have pockets in a full-skirted dress.
I lined this completely in a lightweight burgundy polycotton mix, and it is lovely to wear. Instead of pulling the dress through the shoulders, I just sewed two completed dresses together at the neckline and bound the armholes with bias strips cut from the fashion fabric and top stitched.
Also liked the fullness of the skirt but there must be an easier way to achieve it than with those pleats going in different directions.
Very stiff and light DaViva cotton print that I didn't care much for - the color is lovely but it has all the suppleness of kraft paper. And the printing isn't the best quality, so I hope it will hold up to a couple of washes. We'll see. If anyone's curious, I have noticed an Etsy seller from China selling wax prints, and he stocks this particular one here:https://www.etsy.com/listing/112287770
The only disadvantage is they are only sold in six-yard lots... I think this dress took up almost four, so I still have a bit left to use up.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Added pockets, pinched out a bit in the mid-back for an impromptu swayback adjustment, and once it had been sewn up I noticed the back neck gaping and added a couple of darts there too. And I definitely lengthened the skirt!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I would love to try the sleeves which a few reviews have praised. And I would also lower the neckline a tad. I think the bodice can be used with lots of skirt styles, so that is something to try - i.e. keeping it on hand as a TNT bodice block once I alter the back neck satisfactorily.
Lots of reviews can't be wrong - this is a great basic and fairly easy to sew up (if the pleat directions don't make much sense, just go with the diagrams; I found that helped!)