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Posted on:2/27/14 11:39 PM
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Pattern Rating:Highly Recommend
Review Rating: Very Helpful by 6 people   
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Available for sale on PR: $23.39 (See envelope) Click to Buy
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Fabric:Wool Woven  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description: The Georgia Dress is a super sexy knockout dress with fitted cups and a paneled skirt that hugs the waist and skims the hips. Variations include a choice of slinky shoulder straps or a wider, nautical style faux collar. Keep it demure with a knee length skirt, or show off those pins with the mini!

Pattern Sizing: Multi-sized sewing pattern from UK 6 / US 2 up to UK 20 / US 16 (I used a U.S. size 10.)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Sort of, although I added sleeves to my version! I knew that a sleeveless wool dress was not going to get very much wear, so sleeves were a logical choice.

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions are relatively easy to follow, although I would have like a few more steps outlined in detail. The pattern is labeled intermediate, but I think a beginner would be fine if a few steps were clearly shown in diagrams.

I think the biggest omission is no mention of clipping the center back bodice so that the pointed center of the skirt will fit properly. I like to go a step further than simply stay stitching the area by adding an organza scrap as outlined here.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? This is a fabulous dress. It has great bone structure!

But I did find the illustrations a bit misleading regarding length. I added 1" to the torso length, and another inch to the bottom edge to make this knee length with a 2" hem. The given hem is a scant 1" total according to the directions which is too narrow for me when working with a straight skirt like this - I just prefer the look. But this is certainly easy to alter, so no harm done!

Fabric Used:
*Wool from Britex
*Rayon bemberg for lining

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I added 1" to the torso length as mentioned above (which also eliminated all the fitting issues through the hips on my first muslin where I did not).

Because I prefer full linings, I cut an entire dress out of bemberg rayon. I would normally stitch a skirt lining to the skirt before attaching the bodice pieces, but since I added sleeves to the design, a complete lining made finishing the upper edge quick and easy and gave me one less thing to keep track of.

To avoid bra strap issues, I added a pair of bra cups between the dress and lining layers as well as a grosgrain stay. I think I would have added the bra cups to the original design as well - a bra (strapless or otherwise) would be hard to find to fit under the minimal front bodice pieces.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I am positive that I will be making another one of these up in the near future. And I would highly recommend this as a great basic.

Conclusion: I am so glad I finally got around to trying out a By Hand London design - can't wait to see what they come up with next!

And as always, more pictures and info may be found on my blog, Lilacs & Lace.
Available for sale on PR: $23.39 (See envelope)Click to Buy
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Sew Good said...
Lovely! Adding a sleeve was an excellent choice. Your blog is wonderful also. Thanks for the review
2/27/14 11:49 PM
wildberrymom said...
Words fail--that dress is perfect. Perfect fit, color and with sleeves. You look gorgeous! It would be equally stunning in black ;-)
2/28/14 2:21 AM
Baja Susana said...
Va va voom! I love the neckline, the sleeves, the red, and the red shoes. Nice blog as well!
2/28/14 2:48 AM
chenille said...
Stunning! Love this with sleeves, and red!
2/28/14 2:56 AM
FreyaStark said...
Fabulous! The colour is gorgeous, and the dress is a perfect fit. Well done.
2/28/14 3:01 AM
MrsCharisma said...
You look amazing. Gorgeous, gorgeous dress!
2/28/14 11:28 AM
slmstyle said...
Great dress! The style lines and fit are quite flattering on you!
2/28/14 11:41 AM
STARG said...
Fabulous fit as always! Love the bright red color.
2/28/14 3:22 PM
Sheseams said...
This why muslin are worth the time and effort to make them, you get excellent fitting such as this. :-)
3/1/14 2:36 PM
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