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Best Patterns of 2013
Posted on:3/23/14 1:25 PM
Project Photo:Vogue Patterns: 8904 by Sue Parrott

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Pattern Rating:Highly Recommend
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This pattern was a best of 2013 and I finally got around to putting it together. Now I know what all the hype was about. I mean it is easy, it is fast, and it hides a multitude of 'situations' you don't want others to know about with the tiers or shingles that are sewn in place.

Pattern Description:
Misses' Dress: Close-fitting, pullover dress has self-neck binding, tiers, and raw edge finish. A: Sleeves. B: Self-armhole binding.

Fabric:
I used a gray/orangy-red knit from MT. It was on sale for $7 a yard and since this pattern is a fabric pig, it still cost me less that $30 to sew the entire thing. And, I have enough scraps left to make my little grandson a shirt or pants (or maybe even both)! So with that said, I am sure this dress was almost free, right? Make sure you test the stretch of your fabric, it is very important it has both enough length-wise and cross-wise stretch to get over you head and hug your curves. Without the proper stretch, this dress won't go past your shoulders.

Likes-Dislikes:
Likes:
1. I love the body-hugging style of the dress. Being 51 years old, I normally shy away from dresses such as this, but with the tiers, it is most forgiving.
2. I love the tiers, they add a fun element to the dress and make use of the fabric's print that you choose.
3. I do like the length of View B that I choose, I added the sleeves from A to it.
Dislikes:
1. RAW edges. Ugh. I just can't jump on the bandwagon and embrace these with enthusiasm or even consideration.
2. A few of the construction methods weren't my favorites so I changed them. More on that later.

Alterations/Modification:
1. My usual 1/2" sway back adjustment.

Directions:
Here is where I differed and I am sure other reviewers did some of these things as well.
1. Set in sleeves on a knit? Nope. They worked great sewing them in flat and then stitching the underarm seam in one swoop.
2. I sewed both shoulder seams before attaching the neckband.
3. I used a deeper stitch on the neckline band (about 3/4"). I stitched the ends of the neckline, folded in half, and pressed. Next I attached it to the neckline with my serger. The directions have you stitch only one side of the neckband, turn it to the inside, stitch and then cut the excess away. I just don't think that looks as professional as it could.
4. Instead of stitching in the ditch on the neckband, I stitched just a tick or two away from the band on the dress side by using a stretch stitch.
5. No raw edges for me! I used my coverstitch machine to finish the hems of all the tiers. It took me about 20 extra minutes to do this and I like how clean-finished all my tiers look.
6. I also hemmed the dress and sleeve seams with the coverstitch.

Recommendations?
Yes, I do recommend this dress. It is a little different, goes together quickly and is fun. DH thinks it adds some unnecessary girth to my midsection, but I honestly don't feel like it does. Maybe after wearing it a few times, I'll change my mind. Oh, and just a note on sizing, I cut a larger size through the shoulders (18) because I didn't want the armholes to cut into my chest/shoulders. Everywhere else, I cut a 14.

Conclusion:
Have fun with this dress. I may have to make one again in a solid that is sleeveless for summer.

Thanks for reading!
Sue
A few more pics at my blog: Ilove2sew!
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tiadia said...
This is a great pattern, every time I see it in new colourways. Great dress!
3/23/14 3:17 PM
atymonw said...
Love your version!
3/23/14 3:30 PM
Barbara V said...
So cute. I know this fabric well! Your use of it on your dress is perfect. The fit and style are very good on you and very figure flattering!
3/23/14 5:09 PM
Jstarr4250 said...
Looks terrific! I'm with you all the way on the raw edges and neckband application method.
3/23/14 7:33 PM
SewLibra said...
Great dress! I've seen a lot of these reviewed and didn't realize some left the edges raw. I'm also with you on finishing them.
3/24/14 0:29 AM
Danvillegirl said...
Another cute version of this dress. Good job and I agree with you, I see no extra at the midsection!!!
3/24/14 5:16 AM
AnneM said...
I'm with you on the raw edges. Any garments I've done that way I end up changing later. In fact, I like all your changes. Congrats on your dress.
3/24/14 6:44 AM
wildberrymom said...
Great review and great dress!
3/24/14 10:14 AM
dkauf46552 said...
Nice job - looks great on you! And I'm with you on the stretch issue . . .
3/24/14 5:39 PM
grays08 said...
Love this! I think it's very flattering and looks great on you. : )
3/26/14 4:26 PM
 
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