Pattern Description: Dress has ruffles, semi-fitted lined bodice and inset, raised waist and back zipper.
Pattern Sizing:6-14 and 14-22. I sewed a combination of sizes between a 10 and a 14.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Somewhat. I made view C which has a flared skirt and long sleeves with ruffles, I made mine sleeveless.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, very easy.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I loved the pattern as soon as I saw it on the Butterick site. I love ruffles and this is just enough to look feminine without looking over done. I also saw an almost exact copy of the dress in Macy's recently.
Fabric Used: I think it is a rayon stretch crepe. I recently ordered it from Fabric Mart, it was one of the crazy priced fabric deals. The fabric was originally $50.00 a yard and they were selling it for $5.00/yard. I can't pass up a good deal on fabric! It sewed beautifully, tended to ravel but my serger took care of that.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: As I said, I eliminated the sleeves as this was for a wedding in Atlanta and it has been hot! I also ended up not lining the bodice as I needed to make too many "fit as you go" alterations. I ended up finishing the armholes with self fabric bias bindings. I originally cut a Size 12 bodice tapering to a 14 at the waist. I ended up taking in the top at the bust an additional 3/8" which would have put me at a size 10. I will cut a 10 next time around for the bodice.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will definitely sew this again and recommend this to others. I am VERY pear shaped with major thunder thighs and this dress hid them nicely while accentuating my thinner areas. I received multiple compliments on the dress and how well it fit me which is always nice for a sewist to hear!
Conclusion: A great dress that can be casual or dressy and will look good on many different shapes.
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