|Pattern Description: |
Dress with belt. Dress has loose-fitting bodice, back pleated into self-lined back yoke, and front-button band.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
I think it does.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes they were, though at some points I followed an other way of construction. There is an easier way, or at least a way without less hand sewing. On a Belgian site there is instruction with photos, an attempt to explain is: rolling up the whole dress and fold the back yoke lining over these "rolls" until it can lie down on the shoulder seam. Stitch and turn, all the seams are inside, yoke is nice and flat.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I really like the versatility, the feminine silhouette, the separate button band. I wasn't too happy with the cap sleeves, well, I hoped they were more cap sleeves than the arm bands that they are. For the LWD I went for the short sleeves instead.
A lightweight chevron eyelet fabric.
Close-up of the fabric and the buttons (all different from each other, some very old)
And a picture of the complete set as I wanted to wear it with black, for a party, but unfortunately I was on a tight time frame for the picture taking business.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
- I did an FBA (3 cm, that is a bit more than an inch) That was my personal challenge during the LWD contest, so I am really proud that it did turn out really well! Though I think I will change the direction of the dart a little - more from the waist up, it is a bit too straight now for my liking.
- I made the collar a bit pointier, so I redrafted the collar a little.
- I lined the skirt.
- On my muslin I topstitched the button- and collar band, because of the large amount of hand sewing that was involved.
- I left out the sash, but I must admit I do think the dress needs one, or a small belt. I don't have that many belts and sashes, so I do have to work on that...
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Well, in fact, I've already sewn this one twice, but a third one is always welcome, because I do want to try the other skirt variation and I might look for a cap sleeve to go with the dress. The dress is not difficult to sew (it is rated Easy), but I wouldn't recommend it as a first project, because in my opinion the collar/collar band/button band-construction is a fiddly business and it can get sloppy pretty easily (my seam ripper is never far away).
A rather easy, versatile pattern that is fun to put together.
I did try it with a very beautiful ("wow" from DD's and DH) beaded vest, but the pictures didn't turn out all that beautiful.
Just for the idea
I will add pictures from the colored version of this pattern (the wearable muslin), but I'm down with the flu at the moment, so that'll have to wait a couple of days. (Hopefully the posing in the storm outside midwinter won't turn out to be a problem...)