|I am in the FabricMart sewing competition and this pattern was our second challenge. We had to buy the pattern, sew the pattern (using any fabric(s) we wanted, and we were to customize the pattern to fit the two words we choose to describe ourselves.|
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Pattern Description: A short, sweetheart necked, sleeveless dress. It has a side zipper, and a back button closing (on the yoke). The skirt has pleats and the bodice has waist darts, front and back.
This is a dress pattern, but I converted it to a sleeveless duster. My words were ARTSY CASUAL.
Pattern Sizing: 4-16. According to my upper bust measurement, I am a size 16 in their patterns, though I am a 14 in the Big 4. So this runs smaller than usual. I also had to do a hefty FBA for it to fit my full bust.
The pattern has no seam allowances (which made my alterations easier). This is a digital PDF download that you print, tile, tape, trace, and go. I only used the bodice portion of the pattern, as a fitted waist with a pleated skirt is not flattering on my 50+ busty, slim hipped, no waisted, body.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Not a bit, but that was on purpose.
Pocket with lace, close up
Were the instructions easy to follow? I did not use them, as I completely changed the pattern. They looked rather skimpy, though.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I'll be honest. I didn't really like the style of this pattern. (But I could see it on my 18- and 20-year-old daughters.) To me, the most challenging aspect was the sweetheart-shaped neckline, which I modified. A sweetheart line emphasizes the bust, which is not something I want to emphasize.
Fabric Used: Tencel denim. I made the denim lace that I used for the yoke and pockets.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Loads. I converted the dress to a duster. I omitted the skirt and lengthened the bodice, making it a slightly a-line shape. (I also omitted the front and back waist darts.)
I added a 2" FBA.
The front and back shoulder lines had different slopes. I changed this so they had the same slope.
As I mentioned previously, I re-shaped the front neckline yoke to omit the dip at CF.
I split the back and added a button band.
I split the front and added a tab-front closure.
I drafted patch pockets. The shape of the patch pockets echoed the shape of the yoke.
I made the denim lace (the process is explained on the blog) and it took quite a long time. I attached it to the yoke and the top of the pockets.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I don't think I will sew this again, but you never know. I really like my completed duster.
Conclusion: All in all, I am very happy with my duster! I think I will get loads of wear out of it in my cool-ish climate.
More (including how I made the lace and the earrings) on the blog. And Please vote! (Voting ends Wednesday.)