|Pattern Description: Loose-fitting, pullover top and dresses have seam detail. Narrow hem on necklines, and slits D. Designed for medium weight moderate stretch knits.|
Pattern Sizing: 8-16
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? Yes, though it took me a few minutes to figure out how to sew in the colour-blocked piece.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I just love this look! It's an easy-wearing style, that is very easy to sew.
Dislikes: Well, this dress has *not much* shaping to speak of. The side seams and centre-back seam are pin-straight. This is fine if that's the fit you're looking for or if you're planning to wear a belt to cinch in the waist.
For myself however, I wanted to wear this dress without a belt (and not look like a sack of potatoes). As in my last dress, reviewed here, I used a dress that I already had as a guide to add shaping to the side seams and centre-back seam.
Fabric Used: For most of the dress I used a Navy cotton knit that's made to look like a dark-wash denim. For the insert, I used a pink ponte knit.
Both knits are pretty stable, and were great to work with This was my first experience with ponte knit and it washed and dried well with not much shrinkage.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Like I mentioned above, adding some curves to the side seams and CB seam.
I narrowed the skirt near the hem (one inch at each side seam) a bit to make it more "pencil-like" (more on my blog).
I actually sewed this dress using their recommendation (a double-stitched seam). I tried doing it another way, but the seams were wonky.
Note: I used a plain old *straight stitch* even though "stretch seams" or a narrow zigzag seam are usually recommended when sewing with knits. It just didn't work for me with this project, and my way turned out just fine
This isn't a change, but I thought I'd mention that I did use neck facings for this version, as my knit was a bit bulky for binding. I did lower the neckline slightly as I did in my last version, but didn't make it any wider (much better!)
I used a double-needle for the bottom hem and sleeves (I forgot to make them longer, watch the sleeve length, you may find it a bit short).
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Absolutely to both!!
Conclusion: Now that Christmas is just around the corner, I'm going to have to take a break from "me sewing", as I have plenty of things to do (including a few sewing projects for family I would love to sew this dress again in the New Year