Pattern Description: This is a fabulous dress pattern with options for collar, sleeves, or calling it a blouse with a peplum. My review is specifically written to the test-pattern-- I haven't had a chance to review the pattern since it was released (and I've heard there were minor changes).
Pattern Sizing: Being pear shaped, my body fell between sizes-- 0 and 2.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes! In just the right way!
Were the instructions easy to follow? For the most part, yes. I really struggled with the way they described the bias binding for amscye, but this was a common problem for the pattern testers and I Think they made some adjustments. I found the free Laurel booklet of extras INCREDIBLY helpful with the bias binding. I had never done it before, and I really like the finish it gives.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? This wasn't a hard project to sew but there were many steps that I found time consuming and ultimately (for that reasoning) challenging to stay motivated. The endless buttons? The circle skirt hem? I've just getting the hang of hand-sewing and I'm rather particular about my sewing projects looking professionally finished, so this takes me a long time. I'd call this project a good skill builder for beginners and patience tester.
Fabric Used: Lightweight denim that I bought at goodwill. Total cost for this dress? Under $8-- including vintage hand-carved bone buttons. The thread cost me as much as the fabric!
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I graded from a size 0 at the bust to a 2 at the waist. I also had to cut the armscyes deeper to accommodate my flesh. I felt like the bust tip was a little too high on me but it appears this was design intent. I did not alter this feature.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I love this dress and my friends give me a hard time for wearing it so frequently. For that reason, and because it's so flattering on my body, I feel like I should sew it a couple times more-- I just can't bring myself to commit to that much hand sewing again. Ha!