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Simplicity: 2846 (Misses & Miss Petite Dress or Mini Dress) thumbsup - Type:Dresses    printable version
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Reviewed by:tiadia
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Posted on:11/14/13 3:05 PM
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Pattern Rating:Highly Recommend
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Pattern Description:
Misses & Miss Petite Dress or Mini Dress with sleeve variations. Wow. And I thought Burda was cryptic.

Pattern Sizing:
4 through 20

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, it does!

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Brilliantly easy.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I was asked to sew up a sarong of Indonesian batik for a friend who is working overseas. She wanted to use the batik in a western-style garment that she was comfortable wearing that would showcase the fabric and let the giver of the fabric see how pretty it could be done up in something other than a traditional sarong.

I chose this pattern because of the pleated neckline and the pleated sleeves and the simple darted design. I thought it would make the best "show" of the fabric with as little interruption as possible.

Fabric Used:
Indonesian drumband batik that came made up as a RTW sarong.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I made a sever short-waist adjustment, even after "petiting" the pattern by futher shortening the waist by 2 inches. I also reduce the length of the darts by 3 inches to accommodate my friend's high hips.

I finished the seams and facing edges with self bias binding. So pretty on the inside!

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I have sewn this before for myself when I was first beginning to play around with sewing for myself with my new post-three-kids shape, and was pleasantly surprised at how simple this dress was to alter successfully. I still say the same thing: it's a pretty dress with a lot of sleeve variations and detail/styling suggestions on the envelope. You can see more of the batik dress on my blog.

Conclusion:
I love this pattern! Making this up again for my friend reminded me of all the plans I'd originally had for it way back when. It's pushed up to the front of my queue for next summer!

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STARG said...
Beautiful dress. I love your placement of the print on the back. I have this pattern and have been meaning to sew it up. Thanks for the reminder!
11/14/13 3:14 PM
canei said...
Nice!
11/14/13 3:18 PM
Jstarr4250 said...
Beautiful! What a lovely blending of the two cultures. Your friend should be thrilled.
11/14/13 3:28 PM
NEMDF said...
My first reaction to the pictures, before reading your review, was that the placement of the print and borders was ingenious. It is a gorgeous dress. Hope your friend loves it, as well.
11/14/13 5:17 PM
sunnysewing said...
WOW! Your fabric is breathtaking. I love what you've done with the border print. Your dress is so cute and you have done a fantastic job matching print on the back!
11/14/13 5:53 PM
talesofawannabe said...
This dress is gorgeous!
11/14/13 6:49 PM
sunnysewer said...
Perfect combo of pattern and fabric. Lovely
11/14/13 9:07 PM
Vintage Joan said...
Honestly, this is one of the most beautiful dresses I have ever seen. The fabric is incredible, and your choice of pattern and the way you arranged the design are impeccable. GORGEOUS.
11/14/13 10:46 PM
Vonnevo said...
Gorgeous dress !!
11/15/13 1:19 AM
lamstu said...
What a beautiful use of this unique fabric. Inspiring!
11/15/13 7:39 AM
sewnotwork said...
I love that fabric! Great job showcasing it.
11/15/13 3:04 PM
Melwyk said...
I agree -- this is an absolutely stunning use of this beautiful fabric. Such a gorgeous dress! How lucky your friend is that you have such a great eye for melding two traditions.
11/15/13 9:42 PM
Sew Good said...
Wow! Very successful project. The pattern IS perfect for the batik. Great job!
12/3/13 1:22 AM
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