Pattern Description: From the Jamie Christina Website, “A soft free flowing maxi dress sewing pattern with plenty of options to choose from: tank top maxi, halter top maxi, and godet back maxi. Views A and B can be made as tank tops too! The pattern booklet includes a glossary of terms, metric conversion chart, and illustrated instructions in color. Full size pattern pieces in sizes 2 to 18 accompany the booklet.”
I made View A, the racer back, plain hem version.
Sizing: 2-18. My friend Allyn made this dress recently and when she found out I was planning to make it, she sent me a note to let me know that it has a close fit, especially for us curvy gals. Per her recommendation, I did a flat pattern measurement and decided to go with the size 14. I could easily have gone down to a size 12, even a size 10, if I wanted the fit through the waist and torso to be snugger. But the 14 gave me a little bit more ease. I recommend measuring the pattern and deciding which size to go with based on that.
Fabric Used: Bold Paisley Floral ITY Jersey. I LOVE this print and color!!!
For the contrast binding, I used Poly ITY Jersey in Beyond Basic Black. Both fabrics are from Gorgeous Fabrics (natch).
Needle/Notions Used: Stretch 70/10 needle. Thread.
Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Most definitely!
How were the instructions? I didn’t use them, but I took a look at them when I was done, and they are great. If you’re a slightly experienced stitcher, this pattern goes together beautifully and you don’t need instructions. But if you’re a novice, they are clear and easy to follow.
Construction Notes: I did a FBA, and I’m glad I did. The pattern seems to be drafted for a somewhat pear-shaped figure. That’s not a criticism, just an observation. I could probably take the hips in a little bit with no ill effects. But it is closely cut through the upper body so if you’re busty, you’d be well advised to do a FBA.
Likes/Dislikes: I love the fit of this through the upper chest. I’ve run into problems with some pattern companies where they give you so much ease between the bust and shoulders that I have to scoop it all out. This pattern is cut more like good RTW, in that it fits closely above the bust. As I say, it’s beautifully drafted and practically falls together. I also like that it is bra-friendly and not too low cut. I’m no prude, but I prefer a scoop neck that lands about half way between the hollow of my throat and the bust point. This pattern fits that perfectly.
Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Yes and Yes. I will probably make another dress and the top. I definitely recommend it. Here are some pictures:
Conclusion: This took me a little over three hours from pulling it out of the pattern envelope to photographing it on Shelley. Definitely a winner!