sewn Aug 2011
Pattern Description: “MISSES’ AND WOMEN’S DRESSES IN FOUR LENGTHS: Empire waist dresses A, B, C, D have hemmed, scoop necklines, side seam pockets and elastic casing at waist; dresses A, C and D have hemmed armholes; dress A has contrast bodice and hem band; dress B has sleeves gathered to sleeve band.” I made D with the sleeves from B
Pattern Sizing:18 – 24 W
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? It absolutely does!
Were the instructions easy to follow? Don’t know, its really basic construction, so I just winged it.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Its a nice summer maxi dress.
Fabric Used: Rayon Ikat jersey from fabric.com, summer 2011
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I did view D, but added the sleeves included for B. But I didn’t gather them at the bottom. Just did a narrow hem. I also had to make my usual grading changes to the pattern to fit me.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would sew it again. The problem for me, as a person without a serger, is that it MAY have taken someone 2 hours to sew with a serger, but it took considerably longer for me. The hem, sleeve hem, neckline, and shoulders all needed some special treatment that may have been negated with a serger. Also, I’m silly and cut it PLENTY long, and had washed the fabric once, but it shrank up a good 2-3 inches. So beware.
Conclusion: I like it! Its breezy and easy to wear. Simple to construct. I think next time I’ll line the bodice with a sturdier knit because the weight of the skirt on it is a lot. It could use a little more stability.
Pattern Review (Its the same thing as you just read. But if you’re a PR’er you might care!)