I fell in love with this pattern the first time I laid eyes on it. Can you blame me? I love the neckline and the cross-over, high-low hemline.
I made a mash-up of the length of view A with the bodice of view C/D.
This was fun to put together. I used this super-soft yet able-to-hold-its-shape ditzy floral knit from Fabric Mart. I had no idea what I was going to make when I purchased it but I let it stew for a bit and came up with this fun dress.
Typically I make a several alterations to patterns but this is sewn as is based on the shaping of the bodice. For bodice C/D it is a loose-fitting. Normally, I make an FBA, sway-back adjustment, sloping shoulder adjustment. For this, I made just the sloping shoulders.
Yes, there is that much ease in the bodice! I didn't think the cross-over in the front skirt was as pronounced as the pattern tissue indicates. Just watch for that! I do think that there is plenty of coverage as I tested it out when I walked around the house and yard.
My deviations from the pattern were so minimal! I didn't add the elastic casing at the waistline as I didn't think I needed it after I tried the dress on. I haven't worn this all day yet, so if I change my mind on the elastic, I will update this post! What I think is key is to pick a knit that has excellent/good recovery after stretched.
The midriff lining piece is a very nice touch and gives the top stability at the waistline. My only minor complaint with this pattern is the amount of armscye droop. I must wear a cami with this one! The v-neck is also pretty low cut and the cami will help with any possible wardrobe malfunctions.
I really like my new dress! Both DD1 and DD2 said this was frumpy. I don't see frumpy at all. I see a casual, summer work appropriate dress. What say you? Were DD 1 and 2 right?
Thanks for reading!