|Pattern Description: |
Dress is below mid-knee with lined bodice and midriff, gathered front, flared skirt, back zipper and shoulder strap variations; dress A is completely lined; dress B has purchased trim; dress D has self tie; dress E has ribbon trim; dress F has contrast shoulder straps and back.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
For the most part. I got a little confused about the midriff piecing, but it worked itself out
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like all the options, even though I really didn't use any.
I used a nautical themed cotton, and striped cotton for contrast.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I heavily altered this dress. First off, I cut the pattern out a size or two too big. I took in the back by adding darts, and inserted bust darts under the arms. I also shortened the straps a good inch because they kept falling off my shoulders. I also added a ruffle to the bust for added interest.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I might sew it again. I had to make a ton of alterations because of fitting issues, but I think that was mostly user error. The straps seemed too long, and the top of the bust gaped something terrible, but bust darts thankfully took care of that.
I would cut it out a size smaller, and it would probably go much smoother, even though it was a bit difficult for me the first time. The pattern is really flattering and you can do a lot with it.
Like the pattern, don't love it. I think it kind of has a dirndl feel to it somehow. It gives the effect of a dress with a lot of yardage, but it takes less than 3, so it's a good pattern when you don't have/don't want to use a ton of fabric.
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