This year I've enjoyed pattern testing and this dress was one that I was asked to make. I do this for nothing but I do enjoy working with new pattern companies to keep from being in a sewing rut. Pattern Description: Sugar Plum is a gorgeous dress perfect for wearing alone or pairing with a blazer. Soft flounces cascade down the bodice and delicate buttons close the front where a hidden placket is included for modesty. The skirt and waistband are made from a stable knit for comfortable wear all day long. The unique styling makes this a perfect outfit to grab and wear without thinking about matching separates. With contrasting fabrics, your Sugar Plum can resemble a complete blouse and skirt outfit. Sugar Plum has a very fitted silhouette and the bottom of the waistband should hit at the waist. The hem is designed to rest one inch above the knee. Pattern Sizing:
2-24. Lolita Patterns uses a different block for the smaller and larger sizes. I like the multi size aspect of their patterns so I can make this for others in my family.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
It did and I have more bumps than Amilty!
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes. The instructions are very thorough and feedback from each pattern tester has been used in this pattern. That's something I've enjoyed from working with Lolita Patterns as a pattern tester. Here's a link to my blog story. What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the fit and the ease of getting this pattern to fit.
Using different fabrics to make the blouse and skirt was challenging but I think this has paid off.
The blouse is lined and this makes me feel more secure wearing this dress all day in the office.
Doing the finishing by machine sang to me because when you work full time, there's precious hours left in the day to hand sew. I keep hand sewing for special occassions only.
Adding the ruffles was made easier using the overlocker. I tell you using the overlocker to finish off the ruffles was worthwhile doing.
And the neck ruffle was also done on the overlocker too.
The sleeve gathering and finishings were lovely to make and wear.
I love the button fly used on the blouse too. There's less fear of buttons popping at the work place. Fabric Used:
Ponte for the skirt and waistband.
Stretch woven silk/cotton for the blouse.
Organza for the grey ruffles.
Sunsilky to line the blouse. Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I did a roll shoulder adjustment and adjusted the waistband to fit. Conclusion
I like the fact Lolita Patterns concentrates on work based clothes and the multi-sizing they offer. They also listen to your feedback and update their patterns from testers feedback.