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celticchrys
« on: October 08, 2008 04:55:45 AM »

I grew up wearing dresses almost all the time.  I've really missed being able to find long dresses with comfy wide skirts in the store.  All that you can still buy in many stores seems to be sundresses and evening gowns.  Nothing for everyday wear or winter/fall wear.  This looked like one of the simplest princess cut dresses out there, so I gave it a whirl. 
This is the pattern:  http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/patterns/sewingpatterns.pl?patternid=18410

One thing I would do differently is to use stretchier fabric.  I used a blend that is woven to look like linen, but that does not wrinkle. I couldn't resist it, but it does not stretch much, and so getting out of the dress is awkward(no zipper or anything to give you slack for getting out of the sleeves).


It has a nice full skirt, so you do not have to sit like a lady:


I added trim around the edge of the neckline to hide the slight unevenness of my stitching there.  I may add more to the sleeves later.


I would say that the sizing was way off on this.  According to my measurements and the chart, it said the 22 might be too tight on me... when I normally wear a 14 off the rack.  So I cut out 22, and had to take it up a great deal.  It's still a bit too large in the sides and I have to keep the sash tied quite tightly at all times.  I really think the 16-18 would have been more spot-on.  What is with these pattern makers and their sizing charts?  I find this very frustrating as someone relatively new to sewing from a purchased pattern.
Thanks for looking.
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Cealy
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2008 05:15:56 AM »

Looks cute and comfy, I hate trying to adjust my patterns to store sizing. Next time use a tape measure to take your bust measurement. If it isnt a fitted dress thats all you need to know when finding a size to fit. I fit between two sizes so I always up one size but if its a dress I add to the smaller size when cutting out.

Great Job!
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« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2008 05:18:58 AM »

You did a great job! I love the color! It looks wonderfully comfortable!
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« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2008 05:27:03 AM »

I've had that problem before too, I finally learned by trial and error.  Usually and 18 will fit me when I cut out the patterns as I normally wear a 14.
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« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2008 06:26:17 AM »

hey that looks great on you! you did well. Smiley and you're lucky enough to be one of those people on whom empire-waist fits... i'm not, and that bugs me.
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« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2008 07:02:35 AM »

I like this very much!  Have you considered adding a zipper so it's easier to get in and out of?
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« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2008 09:29:34 AM »

What is with these pattern makers and their sizing charts?  I find this very frustrating as someone relatively new to sewing from a purchased pattern.


Pretty! And congratulations on a really clever job.

There's NO relationship between sewing sizes and RTW. Yes, it's frustrating... But consider that it's easier to take in a big size than it is to let out a small one.

Also, anyone with curves has to mess with the fit of patterns. Look for the ones with different cup sizes -- they're less fiddly.

And now you have experience with one (very pretty) dress pattern -- make it again in different fabrics, using what you've learned from the first one. You can change the neckline, sleeves, etc.

Also, patterns without zippers are usually drafted very big.
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« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2008 12:30:30 PM »

Cealy:  thanks for the tip!
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celticchrys
« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2008 12:31:37 PM »

I like this very much!  Have you considered adding a zipper so it's easier to get in and out of?

I've been pondering this, but slightly intimidated by it.
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« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2008 12:34:24 PM »

Also, anyone with curves has to mess with the fit of patterns. Look for the ones with different cup sizes -- they're less fiddly.

And now you have experience with one (very pretty) dress pattern -- make it again in different fabrics, using what you've learned from the first one. You can change the neckline, sleeves, etc.

Also, patterns without zippers are usually drafted very big.

I'm definitely doomed to deal with the curves.  I thought I'd go mad at first, fitting sleeves into curved armholes, and dealing with all the other curved seams, but it was educational, and the curved patterns fit the curved body better. 

Ah, good to know about the zippers...
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