|Pattern Description: Misses Loose-fitting, pullover dresses, have back neck slit with hook and eye closing, narrow hem. I made view A, the sleeveless version.|
Pattern Sizing: sizes 6 - 22, I made a size 20.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Well, the general shape is the same.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Super, but I made so many changes that I did not follow the directions.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I was going for the silhouette, it was perfect for the dress we were trying to accomplish.
Fabric Used: Yummy black wool crepe from Mood Fabrics. The color block panels are silver brocade/lame, it is "furry", which means that when you cut into it, it sheds all over the place! It's pretty cool fabric, though.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Yes!! Let's start off by saying that I copied this designer dress, which retailed for over $350. Instead of the round neckline, my client wanted a V-shaped neckline. Also, she wanted the color blocking to begin from the shoulders and end at the hip. So, I eliminated the seam across the chest by taping the yolk and dress pieces together before cutting out the fabric. The V-neck shape eliminated the need for the back & neck slit with hook and eye closing. The beauty of this pattern is in it's simplicity, however, I did not like the simplicity of finishings at the hem, neckline & sleeves - the instructions called for using purchased bias tape. At the neck, I made self facings that were interfaced, understitched and tacked down at the shoulders. At the sleeves and hem, I made bias bindings out of the wool crepe, which were stitched in, then sewn down invisibly. For all the inside seams, I used the magic seam binding, I think by Dritz, which kept the brocade & wool from fraying.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Very much so! All in all, this dress cost in materials approximately $75 to make. I have already been asked to make a few more versions of this simple, classy dress.
Conclusion: Super simple, and a fun way to make a cute color block dress.