Pattern Description: Dresses in three lengths with a gathered band below the bust. View A: floor-length sleeveless gown; View B: floor-length gown with flared sleeves and drape; View C: knee-length sleeveless dress with band and drape; View D: knee-length capped-sleeved dress with band; View E: knee-length sleeveless dress with a drape and bubble skirt. I made View B.
Pattern sizing: 8-24. I made a size 14 (don’t ask me why!)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing? Yes, pretty much. But because I made my dress a size too large, it looks rather baggy on me. Unfortunately, in my zeal to shorten the dress, I cut off way too much at the bottom, so I no longer have a floor length dress, but it comes down to about my lower shin. It’s kind of a high-water dress now.
Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were okay. There are a lot of pieces to keep track of and you have to be certain that you have cut out ALL of the pieces. Case in point: I made some significant mistakes with this dress. The first mistake I made was not paying close enough attention to the pattern layout. I usually buy so much fabric at a time that I never really have to pay attention to the layouts. I just cut and have a good amount left over. Well, this dress calls for at least 4 yds. I bought just enough for this dress and thought I had cut out all of the pieces when I looked again and realized that I had only cut out 2 of the side front/back pieces instead of 4. My heart almost dropped. I had to scavenge through the trash to find some selvage for which I could stitch together length-wise to create the extra two pieces I needed. To save time, I serged all of the skirt panels together and did a rolled-hem with the serger.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the whole 70s vibe of the dress and the long, flowing skirt. However, be warned. I does run a little big!
Fabric used: Discount varied brown embroidered crinkled polyester from a Hancock Fabrics that was going out of business. I think it was $2.00/yd. The lining was brown silk essence, which has such a nice, light weight and flow. The band and drape was some brown chiffon-like fabric with some glittery spots in it. Both the lining and band/drape fabric were from Jo-Ann’s.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Oh goodness. Well first off, I chose a size 14 because it looked like by their measurements, that’s what I should have made. I guess I didn’t take into consideration how much ease was incorporated into the pattern. Originally, I had taken the waist in so it would have a nice fit, but then I “realized” that maybe taking the waist in would make my dress too tight. The only problem was that I had already serged the waist in, and I couldn’t take it out. So I scavenged for more left over fabric and added it to each side of the back seam to bring the waist back up to a size 14. And the waist ended up being too big after all, just like I had originally thought.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? After all of that, um, maybe not. If I do sew another one, I might make the bubble skirt, since I’ve never done one of those before.
Conclusion I wasn’t going to wear this dress to a wedding, but I may reconsider.