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A Project Runway design from Simplicity (Simplicity 2145). Above-the-knee-length dress with a ton of pleats on the front, and a pleated bodice.
I went with size 12 through the bodice to the waist and then graded out to size 14 at the hips. Also, adjusted the back waist length 3.5cm less. That adjustment was made on the skirt, so I was kind of paranoid about the length of the skirt, but it seems to be okay.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Pretty much, except I didn't add any sleeves or any of the wrap decorations.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Even though "laundered cotton" was one of the suggested fabrics, I don't think this worked well with this pattern. I left off the wrap decorations on the front, and that left these incredibly long pleats along the front. I also don't think the back pleats worked well... they kind of just... stuck out. Another reviewer on PatternReview.com made a similar observation.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made
Left this as a sleeveless design; added my own lining along with the facing around the neckline; and added pockets.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I don't think I'd sew it again, but with a fabric that drapes well, I would recommend it to others, especially if they wanted to add the front wrap decoration.
This was the first Project Runway from Simplicity pattern I've made, and I wasn't super impressed with it. I think it looked better on paper than made.
Lastly, put a bird on it.