This pattern required a lot of work to make it fit for my body style. I have wide shoulders, larger arms, and a wide bottom. I am typically a size 14 on top and size 18 on bottom according to sewing patterns. I measured myself and fit the pattern according to the size appropriate and it ended up looking like a mu-mu. See the before pictures.
So, graciously, with my husbands help we pinned and tucked and fitted it closer to my body. Unfortunatly, I don't neccessarily like what it did around my arm pits, but I believe that this was because of the unfortunate gathering that the pattern called for. I don't believe that gathering is very flattering in any pattern, and I was so bold to draw on the pattern darts or tucks, rather, but at the last minute I decided to just see what the pattern would look like.
Over all I do like how this dress turned out, but it was very frustrating for me. It was 'easy-to-sew' but very unflattering before alterations. I would be very comfortable to wear this dress to chruch, a family function, anywhere, really!
Funny thing though, I like it on me backwards with the back being the lower part. It also eliminates the very unflattering opening that happens when you bend over. So for church purposes I will wear it backwards if I wear the dress only, i.e. with a jacket.
This is the way your supposed to wear it:
This is backwards:
This is the back, backwards:
** sorry it's sideways **
And this is the jacket I made with the pattern. This jacket was a lot of fun to make and very, very simple. But like the dress it was HUGE! So I made two darts in the back, and on the sleeves I tripled the pleat in the sleeve. I kind of want to take it in a little more, but I also like the casual look that having bigger sleeves give me.
And a side view:
Overall, I would give this pattern a C+. If you attempt this pattern, which I reccommend, try going one size smaller than what the pattern says. The pattern is rated S, M, L (10-12, 14-16, 18-20), so you should get a better fit this way.
Best wishes, crafters!