|Pattern Description: |
Lined, fitted bodice and side seam pockets. A, B, C, D cup sizes
8-16; I made it in a 14 and tapered out to 16 at the waist for a bit more room.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Absolutely. It looks better worn with a belt, like the pattern envelope shows, but I wore this out biking so I didn't bother with one.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, although I tend to make dresses by sewing up the front, then the back with the lapped zipper, and attaching both via shoulders first, then side seams. So I adapted the instructions to my preferred method.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked the high square neckline, the shoulder straps that are sturdy and well-designed, and the full skirt with pockets. Also liked how quick it was to sew up and how well it came together - besides my usual swayback alteration, this needed no changes.
Cotton wax print (a good source is mentioned in my S1873 review). As usual this came in a six-yard length and I had used more than 3.5 of that to cut out a circle skirt dress, so I used the rest of it for this one. Now I am regretting having two full-skirted dresses in the same print (I should have at least challenged myself with a jacket!) but oh, well. At least I made the other one with sleeves.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
The back length on all patterns is usually too long for me so I pinch out a bit of length in the center back before cutting out. (Back view)
Since I wanted this to be a low fuss summer dress that was quick to make and just as suitable for work and weekends, and the cotton seemed sturdy, I didn't bother lining it - I drafted an all-in-one facing from the front and back bodice pattern pieces and that worked beautifully.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I like that it has so few pieces, comes with cup sizes, and doesn't take up too much fabric, so I would sew it again if I had a bit of fabric I wanted to eke a dress out of. It is a good basic and pairs very nicely with cardigans (plus tights for winter, if made in a suitable fabric), and the high neckline means not having to constantly check and make sure you aren't showing more than intended. I wore this on a road bike - which involves leaning forward quite far the whole time - and I didn't worry about it one bit. I would definitely recommend it.
ModCloth offers a couple of dresses that are very similar - almost identical - to V8723 and serve as great inspiration.
Instead of paying $90, it would be quite a simple matter to put together one of your own for much less!