|Pattern Description: A 1960's reproduction shift dress with collar options. Pattern cover states "Simple to sew using 2 main pattern pieces"|
Pattern Sizing: Size 8 bust, tapering out at waist and even more at hips. It's quite narrow across my shoulders though, so next time I might do a 10 bust, just for a little more ease.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, it actually did!
Were the instructions easy to follow?Yes, the construction is simple, so I didn't use the instructions that much, but reading over them, they seem very clear and straightforward.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?There wasn't anything I disliked.
Fabric Used:lightweight cotton with cutout holes
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Because of the cutout holes in my fabric, I needed to line this dress. It would have even been quicker and simpler to whip up were it not for this fact. I used a white lawn as a backing fabric. Originally I thought I would make the inner and outer layer separately and do away with the facings, but I soon realised that this would mean that at the seams would be flimsy wherever the cutout holes hit the seam line, and the fold back of the seam inside the dress would mean that the white wouldn't show through near these seams. So in the end, I treated the white and the blue fabric as one, and used the facing in blue to ensure that no white would peek through around the neckline and armholes.
I didn't do a great job of the collar (my fault - you can read more about this on my blog), if I sew this again, I'll try to be more accurate in my stitching and pressing.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I'd like to make this again, maybe with the bow. But I have so many garments on my 'to do' list, I'm not sure I'll get around to it! Having said that, I'd also like to try and make a winter pinafore version of this dress to wear over a long sleeve top and tights.
A cute and fun dress to wear, and easy to make! Very comfortable to wear on a hot summer's day. This would be perfect for the beginner. For more pics and info on the construction, please take the time to visit my blog