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« on: June 04, 2010 10:24:05 AM »

This is a fascinating dress pattern. It is much simpler than it looks. If you like doing origami, you'll like this: Sewing all those tucks, particularly with the 1" gingham the pattern calls for, results in a very cool visual effect around the middle of the bodice. I would love to try it again in 1" stripes to see what happens. If/when I do, I will do something about the sleeves, which are the only part of this pattern I don't care for (they seem underdesigned to me--a more tailored sleeve would suit the fastidiousness of the rest of the design).
The pattern is straightforward, efficient, and easy to follow. There is the slightest bit of trickiness with the collar/front facing, but once you figure it out, you'll be glad you did, as the end result is very tidy and professional-looking.
Sizes seem pretty true, though the waist nips in more than I would have expected. You could work around that by letting out a couple of the tucks. Or, if you're doing this in a non-gingham or -stripe pattern, you could simply adjust the size of the tucks themselves.
I used a nice weight 100% cotton I ordered online--it's more substantial than a quilter's cotton but still floats.
I skipped the (in my opinion) tacky lace inset the pattern calls for. Here's a shot of the pattern envelope front: http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/patterns/sewingpatterns.pl?patternid=14993
Hope you like it!
« Last Edit: June 04, 2010 10:27:13 AM by AndRead - Reason: added envelope picture » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2010 10:43:25 AM »

This could not be cuter! 
I love it!

« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2010 11:28:36 AM »

I love the effect on the bodice, but I agree about the arms, they just don't quite fit with the tailored loo of the rest of the dress. Nice job, though!

« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2010 07:36:52 AM »

Love it, always really liked it but it looked hard!
Your done a fantastic job Smiley
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2010 11:26:34 PM »

What an amazing dress.

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« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2010 12:45:02 AM »

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« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2010 09:59:37 PM »

I'm glad to see how your's turned out! I'm about to start working on this exact same pattern and I TOTALLY agree with you about the lace insert (SUPER TACKY). But I am wondering how tall you are? I agree with you that sleeves do look a bit un-streamlined on your fabulous version, but the sleeves look okay on the model. I'm 5' 9" so I think that I might be able to pull those sleeves off.

But why is the rum gone?
« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2010 07:36:49 PM »

I love it! It's totally retro but still really fresh.
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