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« on: March 18, 2009 08:58:22 AM »

I decided to do some sewing for spring break.

You can see that my kitty likes to help me take pictures. She also loves to help me sew.

Back view. The top has elastic, so there is a little extra give.

I hate pleating. I does look pretty though!

Also a review I posted else were because I'm too lazy to write something new here. I figured it would be useful to you guys!

Pattern Description:
3 dresses and a jacket. I made view B.

Pattern Sizing:
I used the 6-14. According to the back, I'm supposed to be somewhere between a 10 and a 12. I made the 10 and didn't have to make any fitting changes.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Honestly I only used the instructions minimally.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked the fit when I was done. I made a size smaller than I usually make and it fit like a glove. The elastic across the back make the fit even more forgiving.
I didn't like the instructions so much. Starting from the top:

The instructions have you sew the bodice contrast together and the bodice together, then sew the two pieces together. I could not get the seams to match this way. I just sewed each half of the contrast and bodice, and then sewed up the center seam. Matched perfectly this way.

The pleats were a total pain. If you have never done pleats from a pattern, you may want to skip this, or at least do a practice run. Also, to keep them flat until you sew it all together, baste the pleats down all of the way across. Otherwise it will be like working with an accordion. There was much cursing on this step. It does look really lovely now that it's done.

I'm not certain if it's because I altered out the pocket, or if there is just something wrong with the pattern, but the pattern seemed to be missing a pleat in the skirt. It was a really easy fix though. The skirt still came out too big for the bodice in the back, so I added a little to the pleats there. Not even noticeable when it was finished.

None of the fixes were particularly complicated.

Fabric Used:
Broadcloth on the contrast and quilters cotton for the dress itself.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I altered out the pockets. Who needs pockets in an airy sundress?

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I think I would now that I have worked out the bugs.

I would recommend this pattern for people who are comfortable with not following the instructions exactly.

The dress came out really lovely. I'm glad that I toughed out the pleats as it really gives the dress a "store-bought" feel. It's a really nice detail. It's also really comfortable and the ties in the back give it an extra bit of give.
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« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2009 09:15:34 AM »

That is VERY pretty! I especially like the colour. Great job!

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« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2009 09:20:25 AM »

Thanks! I finished it just in time to wear it to a St. Patrick's Day party. I absolutely adore this fabric. I just want to make a million more things with it!
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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2009 09:25:45 AM »

This is gorgeous!  I'm definitely going to pick that pattern up.  You did a fantastic job with it!

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« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2009 09:27:02 AM »

I love this! Very simple and pretty. Thanks for the pattern review as well. Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2009 10:00:39 AM »

I have that fabric! It looks so cute as a dress. Great work.
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« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2009 12:05:28 PM »

Very nice job  Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2009 02:00:05 PM »

i absolutely love this!! it is such a pretty style and the colors are beautiful!!

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« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2009 05:12:32 PM »

This is really pretty! I love the colors!
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« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2009 08:16:26 PM »

This is such a pretty dress! I'm going to Cancun in late May and wanted to make some dresses for the trip. I bought a dress pattern today which had a similar dress! (it has like 8 dresses all together) but I hope mine turns out as well as yours!!

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