Pattern Description: Close fitting dress, sized for knits, has shoulder princess seams and ruched side-front panels.
Sizing: 8-22. I made a 12.
Needle/Notions Used: Stretch 75/11 needle. Thread, one button from my button stash.
Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes.
How were the instructions? They were fine. This is an easy pattern to sew, and it goes together readily, so I didn’t use the directions.
Construction Notes: I made a FBA. I serged all the seams and I used a narrow (.5mm) zigzag stitch to sew the hems. This pattern is drafted to be both sleeveless and long-sleeved. I raised the armholes about 3/4 of an inch, because as they were drafted, they are too low and look Becky-Home-Ecky. Vogue tells you to finish the arm and neck seams with purchased bias tape. Excuse me? Yeah, no. I used self-fabric. It works much better and looks less homemade.
I really wish Vogue/McCalls/Butterick would hire someone to bring their pattern instructions into the 21st century. Simplicity, too. All the big 4 have that problem. Grrr…
Anyway, It all went together well and I hemmed it and
Likes/Dislikes: Here’s the thing. I’m not sure I like it. It doesn’t look bad on. It actually looks better on me than it does on Shelley, but the side ruching, which I thought would look kind of cool, makes my bustline look weird. There’s just too much of it, you know? I think if it had been just around the waistline area, it might have worked better, but I’m not convinced the way it is.
Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Uh, no, and maybe. If this is your style, then go for it. It’s an easy pattern and it goes together well. It’s just not my style. I’ll let it sit for a while and then try it on again and see if I like it any better.
Conclusion: Not one of my favorites. It gave me something to do during the Blizzard, but it may end up going to the thrift store. As I say, I’ll try it on again later and see if I still feel “meh” about it. Here are a couple of shots on Shelley.