This is a multi-sized pattern that ranges from 8 to 16 or 16 to 24. I made a size 14.
<b>Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?</b>
Yes, I believe my version looks just like the photo
<b>Were the instructions easy to follow?</b>
Instructions were super easy to follow. The illustrations were more than adequate. This pattern is easy enough for a beginner--if the beginner has had some experience fitting a bodice.
<b>What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?</b>
Ok, here goes! I love the super simple style. It is flattering on many people. The neckline is very modest--a pleasant surprise from some of the uber low necklines on many patterns. I love the styling of the skirt, it is just full and flirty enough.
What I didn't like: I think the neckline is just a little to wide. This may be something to do with the fact I had difficult with fitting the bodice. I believe this was due to the little bit of stretch to my fabric and the neckline may have slightly gotten whacked out when I sewed this bad boy together. I think the length is just perfect....I didn't alter it at all, but the model's knees are showing and mine are covered. I am 5'7", I usually have to worry about the lenght, but not this time. I did have to take this in on the side seams a bit, enough that you should be aware the sizing may be a little off for a close-fitting bodice.
I love the fabric I choose. It has been in my stash for about a year. It is a wonderfully soft rayon with a bit of stretch. It is so soft and yet stable enough for a more structured garment.
<b>Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:</b>
- I left the pockets out of the dress. Don't get me wrong, I love pockets, just not on fuller skirts as I think they make me look even more wide hipped than I am.
- I took a very small inverted pleat in the front center of the bodice to mimic the skirt detail, I just thought the neckline was a litte wide and it didn't lay very well against my chest. I asked my husband to take a picture of the bodice, not my boobs, but you can tell what he was focusing on with the camera shot. :)
- I did my usual 1/2 inch swayback adjustment.
- I went ahead and stitched the belt to the dress at the center back and side seam. Some reviewers mentioned the belt needed loops, and I thought, why not just attach it? So, I did!
- I added about 2 inches deep pieces of interfacing at the necklines (both front and back) and at the armhole seams. I thought my fabric needed the structure.
- Since my fabric is so light, I went ahead and lined the skirt with a poly lining. It adds a little structure to the skirt and holds it slightly away from my body.
- I used my lining fabric to make a muslin and I should have done more with fitting before cutting and stitching. That is what I get for being lazy!
- I topstitched about 1/8 inch from the neckline and armhole edges using white thread.
<b>Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?</b>
I think this would make a great dress in a plaid for winter to wear with a cardigan. I can see having the fabric cut on the bias for the underlay. I do recommend this to others.
This is an easy pattern that I think leaves off some important details, such as interfacing. Maybe I am too old school about things like that?