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|Reviewed by:||Nessahux|| |
|Posted on:||5/1/14 11:16 AM |
|Pattern Size:||Plus-Sized |
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|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
|Review Rating:|| Very Helpful by 5 people |
|Pattern Description: |
This pattern is for a jersey / knit dress that has a fitted bodice and gathered skirt. There are options for different sleeve lengths and collars.
The size range is from an XS to 3XL, which includes bust sizes from 33" to 54" Because of this new sizing, this is now my first ever Colette pattern!
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions were pretty good in this pattern, with larger than usual illustrations. You can use a normal sewing machine or an overlocker/serger to make this dress as the instructions include both machines.
Attaching the collar was the trickiest bit for me, as the instructions for how to lay the collar around the neckline were very technical. But once the pieces were in my hand and I got a feel for how it should look by just placing the collar where I wanted it to go and then seeing which side of the garment I wanted the stitching. I have a few photos of this tricky part on my blog if you need some extra visual help with this part.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I really like the way the bodice pieces are designed to be cut. Perfect shape for the tummy area and a very accurate sizing with no ease issues at all. If the measurements on the back suggest you make a particular size then I would go for that.
Really sorry, but I didn't write down the type of fabric this is. It stretches really well in both directions though and is neither see-through nor heavy. I good quality, drapey tee shirt that may have a little lycra in it.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I used one of the collars that Colette Patterns has available for free download to go with this pattern on her website.
I extended the hem to turn this into a maxi dress. I tried on the finished bodice and then dangled a tape measure from the waistline to see exactly how long I would make the skirt. I then measured the pattern piece from the waist down to the "lengthen or shorten here" line and subtracted this from my desired skirt length to work out how much extra I would lengthen the skirt. Then I moved the pattern piece down to the end of this measurement line and traced the hemline - which needs to be extended in width.
The other change I made was not to use the clear elastic to gather the skirt before attaching it to the waistband. Instead I used my sewing machine to create two rows of stitches that I then pulled and gathered by hand. I then added the clear elastic on top of this as a stabiliser by not pulling it as I sewed and just let it stay unstretched going through the machine. Although fiddly, I found this easier, as I am new to the overlocker machine and wasn't confident enough to stretch the elastic at the same time as sewing. The Colette patterns website also has a free tutorial on both of these techniques for the waistline.
Conclusion - Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes I will be making more of these dresses and yes, I would definitely recommend this to anybody else, whether you are a beginner or an experienced sewer. Everyone needs comfy dresses!
There are more photos on my blog Nessa's Place.
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