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Cake patterns: 0369 (Red Velvet Dress) - Type:Dresses    printable version
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Reviewed by:theseedsof3
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Posted on:11/17/13 6:55 PM
Last Updated:11/17/13 7:04 PM
Project Photo:Cake patterns: 0369 by theseedsof3

Cake patterns: 0369 by theseedsof3  Cake patterns: 0369 by theseedsof3  
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Pattern Rating:Recommend, with Modifications
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Available for sale on PR: $14.06 (See envelope) Click to Buy
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Fabric:ITY Jersey  [See other projects in this fabric]
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Pattern Description: (from envelope back) The Red Velvet Knit Dress features a faced circular neckline with optional petal collar and pleated underbust seam. Choose the origami-style scissor pleated skirt, or reverse it for a flat boxy-pleat effect. A cleverly concealed ticket pocket holds a few coins, cards, or lipstick.

Pattern Sizing: 30-59" bust, 25-55" waist

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

Were the instructions easy to follow? crystal clear

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
1) I love the connect-the-dots for a customized fit with the midriff pieces
2) The skirt is practical and stylish.
3) The midriff creates a flattering silhouette and allows to to play around with coordinating fabrics, etc.
4) I do not like that me, and it seems like everyone else participating in the sew-along, need to do some type of bodice lengthening. Sewing Cake has two comprehensive photo tutorials for this, but I feel that is should not be a necessity. This may make it challenging for a beginner to get a good fit.
5) There is also a faced neckline (that some may not care for) that is quite easy to misshape with even careful handling, so beginners beware and take care!
6) There are release pleats at the bust for shaping, but I feel that they are not the most flattering. They end up looking like nips in many cases. But, it is easily converted to a bust dart.

Fabric Used: ITY jersey. I think this is the best fabric to use for the dress to have adequate stretch and drape without adding bulk with the skirt pleats. I made a muslin with thicker fabric and it did not drape as well and was a little bulky at the waist.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Lengthened the bodice (necessary), lengthened the sleeves (preference), converted the bust pleats to darts (as far as I am concerned necessary), shortened the midriff (I am short torsoed), added pockets (preference)

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes and yes, but everyone will need to play close attention to the bodice length and probably lengthen it. I would also caution you to be extra gentle when handling the neckline so it does not get misshapen and gape. I actually used stay tape as well as stay stitching to keep mine gape free. And, shy away from thicker knits. It will be best to choose a lightweight knit.

Conclusion: I adore the dress and will make others. It is comfortable, stylish and flattering, but does take a little finessing to get the fit right.

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kidmd said...
It looks great! I love that you put the midriff on the bias. Super fun!
11/17/13 7:27 PM
MrsCharisma said...
This looks amazing on you and I LOVE the plaid knit! How fun!!!!
11/17/13 8:07 PM
michellep74 said...
I'm participating in the sewalong, and I agree with everything you've said. I didn't need to add any bust length to my Tiramisu, but had to add a whopping 3" to the RV. I avoided the neckline issues by doing a self-fabric binding, rather than using the facing. I'll be curious to see how my finished dress turns out.
11/17/13 9:05 PM
Rebecca D said...
Thanks for the review. Your dress looks great and thanks for the comments about fabric selection and bust sizing.
11/18/13 7:08 AM
sewing for fun said...
I agree... the bust length addition is HUGE PIA for a pattern that is supposed to be so easily customizable... I have traced mine, but not cut yet... thanks for your review!
11/18/13 11:06 AM
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