|Version 2 is the correct fabric for this dress!|
Yes, you have seen this dress made by me before! I love this dress! Just as a refresher, here is the pattern description from the envelope: Loose-fitting, dress (semi-fitted through bust) has double-layer neckband with raw edge finish, blouson bodice, elastic, seamed waist, side front pockets, front pleats and stitched hems.
This dress doesn't take too much fabric, for a size 12 just 2 1/4 yards. Maybe that is due to the scandalous length it is!
This calls for moderate stretchy knits only such as lightweight jersey, matte jersey, silk jersey.
|Version 1 in a ponte knit|
My first version used a heavier ponte knit. This time I used a poly-rayon Lycra knit from Fabric Mart. What a difference in the drape the correct weight fabric makes!
I believe my finished dress looks quite a bit like the pattern envelope.
So what did I like/dislike about the pattern? This is an easy yet fun pattern. The front pocket detail is just too cute and so very clever! I can't believe I am saying this but the raw edges on the neckline is just fun! My fabric however didn't roll and curl like the pattern photo, but I still like the look.
No dislikes, except it is scandalously short!!!!
This pattern is rated as easy, and yes, it is easy. The instructions and diagrams are well done.
What did I change? Typically I make a 1/2" sway back adjustment, but since this dress is blousy, I didn't bother. I lengthened the skirt by about 6 inches. This fabric was a border print on just one side, so you can see how I used it for the dress. In my first version, I made three small pleats on the back waist edge that are about 1/4 inch wide and 2 inches long, tapering to nothing. I didn't do that at all this time! Make sure you use non-roll elastic, the waist line won't look right if the elastic is all twisted.
|Here you can see the cute pocket pleats!|