Just in time for the weather in Boston to drop from the upper 70s to 20 degrees, I finished my summer dress!
Pattern Description: MISSES’/MISS PETITE DRESS: Dress has collar, collar/front band, fitted bodice with darts stitched on right side of fabric, pleated skirt, attached belt, self carriers and stitched hem.
Sizing: 8-24. I started with a 12 at the shoulder, tapering out to 14 at the waist.
Fabric Used: A beautiful lightweight cotton sateen from Gorgeous Fabrics. Sorry, it’s from last year and long since sold out.
Needle/Notions Used: Pro-Weft Supreme Lightweight Fusible interfacing from Fashion Sewing Supply, 70/10 Universal Needle. La Mode buttons. Thread.
Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes
How were the instructions? Pretty good. There was one glaring error that I found. The instructions tell you to press the bust darts, and the illustration clearly shows to press them down toward the waist. In fact, you need to press them up toward the armhole. Other than that, they seemed okay. Before you start sewing, make sure to read the directions for attaching the CF bands. They use a non-standard method, and if you do it the way I’ve been doing it for years, you’ll spend a lot of time ripping it out. Fortunately, I caught it before I made a mistake.
Construction Notes: As I say, I tapered out from a 12 at the shoulders. I used the D-cup front bodice piece. I lowered the bust and waist darts one inch, sigh… Because of that, I repositioned the buttons on the front bands. I put one button at the bustline and one at the waist. Then I worked backwards from there to place the rest of the buttons.
I omitted the self-belt. I’ll wear it with a leather belt instead.
Likes/Dislikes: I think this is a really pretty pattern. I like the pockets. I love the fact that they give you different pattern pieces for different bust cup sizes! The outward-facing darts are cool, but they get lost on this print. If you use a solid color fabric, they will be a more distinctive design feature. In fact, if I do it again, I’ll probably make it up in a lightweight denim and use contrasting thread to sew the darts.
No real dislikes.
Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Yes and yes.
Here’s a picture of the front on Jeff, my full-body mannequin.
Conclusion: This is a great dress. If you want a summer shirtdress that will do well for work or weekend, this is a great choice.