|Pattern Description: |
From Sewaholic's website: This dress is designed with a pear-shaped figure in mind. Cap sleeves draw attention to the shoulders, while the narrow waistband highlights the waist.
Your choice of classic A-line skirt or full gathered skirt. Both skirt options feature pockets for practicality!
0 - 16. I sewed a straight 14.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, except for my minor changes.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Tasia's instructions were brilliantly written, well illustrated and simple to follow.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
This is my first Sewaholic make, and I was drawn to the pear-shaped drafting. I wanted to give it a try. And Sewaholic is Canadian, and, well, I'm fiercely supportive of Canadian-mades!
I wasn't 100% sure of the sweetheart neckline. Sweetheart necklines are a bit, well, um.... "sweet" for me, and I'm not 16 yrs old anymore. And I knew I wasn't going to make the dirndl skirt version, having mocked up one years ago and not liking the I'm-a-house feeling it gave the person in the mirror.
A lovely cotton batik. Does anyone else love the waxy smell of batik when you're pressing it?
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Simple ones first: I cut the A-line skirt, and omitted the pockets. Pockets being an unnecessary bit of extra hip fluff in my life. I'm just not a pocket person! And, because I was too lazy to piece the skirt front + pockets together, cut the lining piece for both the fashion fabric and the lining. It worked brilliantly.
I had to make major alterations to the bodice. Note: I started with size 12 bodice, because that matches my upper chest measurement. I shortened the back by 2". I made a narrow back adjustment of about 1.5 inches. And I made a significant FBA, although I was surprised I didn't have to deepen the underbust darts as much as I'd thought I'd need to because I was sewing as size 14 waist and skirt.
I did have to shorten the cap sleeves by about 1 inch total. You can see more pics here.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I will sew this again. I have never sewn a skirt pattern that did not require adjustments. Straight out of the envelope for me on this one! I still can't believe it fits so well without any adjustments - it's just weird to my thinking. And I'm a sweetheart neckline convert. If this is what a sweetheart neckline wears like, I'll be making more.
Win. All around win. I've ordered three more Sewaholic patterns and have them in queue for fall.