that i actually finished this dress!
women’s dress with neckline and sleeve variations. empire waist with tie-backs. skirt hits just below the knee. no zipper/closure, just slips over the head.
i cut a straight size 10 instead of angling out to a 12, because there is a lot of ease in this pattern.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
yes! the technical drawing is very true to life.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
i didn’t open the instructions until after i was finished with it–but they seemed to be comprehensive and easy to follow.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
i was using a single panel of silk charmeuse fabric with a fairly complicated design. i thought the flutter sleeves perfectly complemented the fancy, butterfly print on the top half. the waist band gave a great break point in the fabric for me to work with in terms of the paisley pattern on the fabric panel. the single back piece became the perfect place for an uninterrupted piece of the entire pattern from buttefly wings down to the paisley.
digitally-printed silk charmeuse by etro, from mood fabrics in NYC.
silk organza underlining
because the silk was a panel, i cut everything on a single layer and attempted to have a coherent, matched pattern. because of this, i used a lot of handsewing and basting to get the job done. each neck and waist band piece was underlined with organza (by hand), and one set of each was then interfaced for extra stability (by hand). the side and back seams were hand-basted and then closed with a french seam.
ordinarily neck band pieces like these, that need to be stitched down on both sides, are the bane of my existence, and i did have some trouble with these. ultimately i hand understitched the facings on the neck bands and then finished the interior set with some piping for a clean look that was easy to tack down along the existing stitching (i didn’t want to stitch in the ditch on fabric that would show every needle mark if i missed!)
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
this kind of dress pattern has a timeliness that makes it super-wearable without being too trendy. it’ll work with a blazer, leggings, grandpa cardigan or thigh-high boots. i could see another one of these coming my way, with the right fabric (maybe with a shorter hem and no single panel), and can absolutely recommend it to others.
this is undoubtedly what PR would refer to as a “great wardrobe builder” – highly recommend.