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Knit dress with midriff band and tie collar
Custom fit--I used the new "extra" options this time, too!
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Mostly. The midriff band is higher on mine and the collar does not stand up as it appears to in the drawing. Also, mine is a bit more curve-huggy in the skirt, not really A-line as the photo indicates, and I'm not sure it's only the fabric. It's also shorter than I thought it would be--it's a little above the knee on 5'9"height-and-34-inch-inseam me.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Eh. I would rate this pattern "Easy but not great for beginners." I think if you've got some dress sewing under your belt, so to speak, they are ok; they do cover the basics but there is a certain amount of instruction-deciphering and general winging it that you have to do (more of the former than the latter). They are pretty straightforward and bare-bones; no walking you through how to do things. It's really a very easy dress to make, but for an absolute beginner I'd think this could be daunting, especially making and attaching the collar.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I was really enchanted with the style--I love tie collars! It looked like a really nice little simple workdress. And no zipper meant it would go together quickly, too (it did).
A lightweight interlock knit (I think) that I bought several years ago. I loved the cheerful, vintage-y pattern on the fabric--little multicolored Os. A friend has dubbed this the "Cheerios Dress".
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Nearly none. I have a bunch of Lekala patterns but this was the first one I sewed up, and this was the first I'd ordered using their new, more extensive lineup of fitting details. I wanted to see if this would really work. In addition to my usual measurements, I specified that I had longer legs, a higher waist, wider and lower bust, and bigger upper arms. (compared to whom, I'm not sure, but...) I'm not sure these additions helped me all that much. I still had to lengthen the skirt by about 3 inches (it was just going to be too short to wear to the office, even with tights) and the waist was actually a bit too high. The bust darts, however, were spot on. (THIS NEVER HAPPENS!!!) But I needed more length to accommodate the DDDs (see closeup of dart and midriff band in picture #3). And though I thought the the bodice pieces looked awfully tiny, except for a need for an inch or two more length they were the perfect size. It's not perfect, but it's definitely wearable.
I debated whether to interface the collar and asked Natalia (the owner of Lekala) for help--she suggested forgoing it to preserve the drape of the ties, and she was right. I was really impressed, however, that she would go back and forth with a customer over email like that. I mean, I only spent like $2 on the pattern!!!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes on both counts. I'm already plotting to lengthen the bodice pieces and make one in a solid.
I'm glad I made this! It was such a nice change to sew up something straight from the pattern and have it fit decently without days of adjusting, grading, redrafting, muslin-making work.