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Posted on:3/31/14 5:38 PM
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PatternReview: 100 by velosewer  
Pattern Photo:PatternReview 100
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Pattern Rating:Great Wardrobe Builder
Review Rating: Helpful by 1 people    Very Helpful by 2 people   
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Fabric:Nylon-Lycra  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description:
A PatternReview exclusive, the Summer Street Dress is everything you want in a cool summer dress. Easy to sew, with an optional contrast panel in the front, this kimono sleeve knit dress with a scoop neckline has endless possibilities.

Sew as is for a sweet dress that you’ll wear everywhere. Lengthen the skirt, and you have a maxi that’s right on trend! The Summer Street Dress looks equally cute with sandals or boots.

Pattern Sizing:
XXs - XXL I made the medium.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes. I made View A because I wanted to play with a print and 'chevrons'.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions are thorough. They've been tested by real sewers ie, people like you and I.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
It's a very adaptable pattern. You can experiment with knit fabrics and colour.

Can we have this in a v-neckline version too? That would be awesome!

Fabric Used:
A plain knit and a print. Both are poly/spandex.
I bought the knit print from Pitt Trading in Sydney.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
The most notable change was the front bodice. I spliced it so that I could 'play' with the print. I'll use the darker row to go over the bust next time. But I'm happy that I was able to do this with my humble walking foot attachment. It's the best $60 I've spent.

I sway backed the back bodice. This was to add shape as my back curves in.

I've pleated the top of the skirt instead of using gathers. This was on Deepika's advice to LBowman's first SSD. That's the beauty of checking out previous reviewers.

I took in the side seams under the bust and to the arm once I tried this version on for fit.

This version sits just above my knees and dips slightly at the back. But just ever so slightly. I did end up adding a 2" band at the hem so it's at a length I feel comfortable wearing.
Because I've taken this dress in a bit 'here and there', I'll make the small next time when using fabric with the same 2-way stretch.
I hope you enjoy my blog write up.
I have to say, this is a comfortable style to wear in the summer.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Try and stop me from making this again with different knit fabrics. This is easy to sew together and gives you lots of opportunities to stash bust your knit fabrics.
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Dilliander said...
Lovely dress. Using the bias stripes on the top worked really well, as did the pleats instead of gathers. With our continuing run of warm humid weather why wouldn't you be sewing summer clothes :)
3/31/14 9:57 PM
SewLibra said...
Striking black and white fabric, and I love how you continued it with the panel in the front! Thank you for the review.
4/1/14 1:08 AM
Deepika said...
I am loving the chevron. What a great idea. It never occurred to me to do this on this dress. I might have to copy you. Incidentally I am wearing my polka dot summer street dress today :) Thanks for your review.
4/1/14 1:21 PM
Sheila457 said...
Love it.
4/1/14 8:44 PM
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