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Posted on:2/17/14 10:44 AM
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Pattern Rating:Easy & Great for Beginners
Review Rating: Very Helpful by 5 people   
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Fabric:Wool gabardine  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description: MISSES' TUNIC, DRESS AND PANTS: Pullover tunic or dress has very loose-fitting, blouson bodice, elasticized, seamed waist, loose-fitting skirt, and narrow hem. A: sleeve and side slits. B: elasticized sleeves. Semi-fitted, tapered pants have side zipper.

Pattern Sizing: 8-24

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, but mine is a little longer.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, the instructions are clear. It is a simple pattern to make.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
My first thought was, "Perfect for work- something simple, comfortable, and super quick to make."I like having the elastic waist, so that I can get some waist definition when I stand, but comfort when I sit.

Fabric Used: I've been admiring winter white dresses, and found this winter white wool gabardine in my stash. I usually think of gabardine as something only for jackets or pants, but it actually has a nice drape and is great for dresses! I added in-seam pockets to this one, and since it was cream, I added a lining so that there would be no show through.

I made it a second time, and this dress is made out of a silk/cotton/lycra twill that is thick enough that I decided not to line it.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I did have some problems with the shoulder seam riding back after wearing it for a few minutes, and I corrected the problem by removing about 1-1/2" of length from the front neckline on each side.

I did add some length- I can't remember how much, but probably 3 inches to fit my 5'9" frame. I also skipped the sleeve options of ruching or open slits that are included in the pattern.

I did a high round back adjustment on the second one, in addition to shortening the front neckline, hoping to prevent the shoulder seam riding back. I'm not sure that the adjustment did anything. I think that the neckline is a little large on this pattern.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I actually love the end results of both dresses, and I'm sure that I'll get a ton of wear from them. If you are interested in this pattern, I would recommend cutting the neckline a couple of sizes smaller than your typical size. I think this is really quite a versatile pattern, as you could also make the shorter top version, and it should work with a variety of fabrics.
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TJSEWS said...
I love both versions. You look great in each one!
2/17/14 12:42 PM
sewtime said...
Love both of your dresses!!
2/17/14 2:40 PM
MrsCharisma said...
Love them both! Winter white is always fantastic at this time of the year. Nice work!
2/17/14 3:21 PM
ColorFiberTexture said...
Great dress! You wear it well!
2/18/14 8:05 AM
caper81 said...
Two great versions! Nice to have both style *and* comfort:)
2/19/14 9:01 AM
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