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|Reviewed by:||lauramae|| |
|Posted on:||2/27/14 11:39 PM |
By Hand London Pattern Info
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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 |
|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!
*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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