This dress is still a work in progress. I really love this this Anne Klein pattern for a misses dress. You can see the link here:
Here is how the pattern is described: Lined, close-fitting dress has darted
bodice, extending ends, crossing in front and forming a keyhole opening and
double collar. Saddle stitch embellished darts.
Here is a link to the pattern envelope: Anne Klein Dress
I used a rayon blended denim for this dress in a blackish-blue. I purchased
the fabric at either Hancocks or JoAnns–I can’t remember which one! For the
lining, I used a blue polkadot fabric for the lining. This pattern is rated as
Average and I found it was rated appropriately for the skills, marking, and
So, what did I like/dislike?
I love the style! It is just a cool and
classic style. The empire waist is great and gives you a very fitted look. The
double collar is pretty cool as well and requires careful marking. I do think it
was tricky to fit even though my measurements are pretty spot on for a size. I
do have an erect back and that gives me fitting issues at the back waist. I did
adjust the seams, especially on my muslin and it fit well.
What didn’t I
like? This may not be fair, but with Vogue patterns you don’t always get all the
details needed to finish off seam allowances, raw edges, etc. The double collar
construction and keyhole opening were tricky but after a few trials and errors,
I got a pretty good finish.
What did I change? I simply could not get the sleeves to fit without some
gaping and excess fabric at the back and front. Although if you look at the
pattern envelope, you can see there is some excess there as well. So, I did the
next best thing and took the sleeves off and used a facing to finish the area
off. I like the sleeveless version and think it is better than the original!
What still needs done? Fiddling with the keyhole opening a little more and I
need to do some additional fitting at the back waistline. Suggestions are welcome!
All in all, I like the dress and will wear it this summer–as long as I get it
to fit better!