I already discussed the pattern in the original thread
, but was told to post it in here, too.
The pattern says "fast and easy". As far as I am concerned with my choice of material, sewing equipment and motivation to hand-sew I would like to disagree.
This does not mean, that the pattern cannot be fun, just some considerations I would like to share:
First of all: The fit is great. I did not have to alter anything! I just took my measurements, chose the right size and went ahead.
But if I would do it over again I would change a few things (actually this one is the mockup). I would not choose a fabric with a small, regular pattern and I would line the dress to avoid the handsewing parts:
The part that annoyed me the most, was hand-sewing the backings of the plain bands. I'm the kind of girl that trys to sew everything with her machine. Some workarounds I could think of:
1) Fully line the dress, the pattern doesn't call for lining. This should avoid all handsewn parts.
2) If you do not care, that there is a small visible seam in the bands just stitch it with the machine... I don't know if I would really do that. Well, I machine stitched the hem...
3) If you have a serger, you could use that at least for the waist band. A serger would give also the the seams more stabilty, producing flexible seams. The satin was kind of stretchy and my machine did not handle it so well. I am afraid to rip the sleeves out if I move to abruptly.
Considering the fabric choice:
The satin flows really well and I like that a lot. I would recommend a bigger, more irregular pattern, though. That makes the whole cutting process a whole lot easier. In addition the satin frayed terribly, serging everything beforehand would have been a great help.
So basically it was a combination of choice of fabric, my sewing machine
, and hand-sewing why it took me so long to get this dress done. I guess it would be a lot more fun doing it again using other another material, or having a serger.