|Pattern Description: |
Sleeveless dress with sweetheart neckline, criss-cross shoulder straps, and drop waist, ending slightly above the knee.
As usual, I cut a 10 and messed around with the seam allowances. The back bodice ended up being sort of baggy at the top for some reason, even though it fit at the waist. Maybe I should have used deeper darts.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
I made some modifications, but essentially yes.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Sort of. The shoulder straps were kind of a nightmare, and I swear at one point the explanatory diagrams conflicted with the actual instructions. But it started to make sense after some meditation and a lot of unpicking. I basically ignored the instructions for assembling the bodice, which kind of cost me in the end. I did a self-facing instead of a lining and ended up having to slipstitch the straps on, which was a bit messy. Also, I decided partway through to add piping, so....
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I thought the straps were really cool and not like the sort of thing you'd find in ready-to-wear. But the instructions could have been clearer.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I eliminated the drop waist and replaced the skirt with a simple gathered rectangle. I'd meant to do a circle skirt, but I didn't have enough fabric. If I'd known I'd end up with a gathered rectangle, I would have made the bodice longer.... Also, I added storebought piping!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
It's an interesting dress, and I'm glad I made the attempt, but I'm not sure it was worth it. I'd recommend this to reasonably experienced sewists with a lot of patience and some extra material for making muslins.
Great pattern idea, but kind of strangely executed? I'm still glad I went through with it!