Pattern Description: Misses dress with bodice variations, front pleats, neckline variations, self-faced midriff, pleated skirt front,
angled front view
Pattern Sizing: 8-16; 18W-24W. I cut a 16 but could have gotten away with a 14 because of the material.
front view with ties undone
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Of course silly.
Midriff and bodice with ties tied
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. This is the 3rd P/P pattern I have used and love them all. Per their usual, they offer various fitting tips on the first couple of pages as well as throughout the instructions.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Where to begin....well, like
Close up of bodice
Fabric Used: A creme and black ITY knit from
View of where ties are attached
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I made a FBA and shorted the skirt. The FBA wasn't 100% necessary but since the bodice had pleating I didn't want to take any chances. For the neckline as well as the sleeve and skirt hems, I serged the edges, folded, pressed, then stitched down. For the ties, I serged the edges and pressed but didn't bother to stitch them down as I really didn't see the point. Also I only had 2.5 yards of fabric and not the 3 that is says is needed. Sometimes this isn't an issue but in this case it meant my ties aren't as long as they should be. They wrap all the way around but the knot looks silly so I just tuck the ends under and it works just as well.
Close up of midriff
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will sew this again in view A, most likely in a solid fabric. I do highly recommend this to others.
Other Notes: Definitely try the dress on during construction. It is very easy to make adjustments as you go if you follow their order of construction. I didn't have to take in the sides any but it would have been easy to do without a lot of work.
Close up of side
Omit the zipper. Trust me when I say it isn't necessary if your knit has any stretch.
Close up of center back seam
The midriff band helps give definition to the waist area which isn't always the case with knit dresses.
The bodice pleats do not add bulk which I was a little worried about.
The skirt pleats do not make this maternity like at all. I think that having the midriff band faced not only adds stability and definition but also helps make this dress very fashionable (and forgiving).
Close up of front pleats and midriff band
Conclusion: I really really really like how this dress turned out and is definitely the New Perfect Knit Dress-easily replacing 5752. I feel like it is more versatile than some of the others and while it is a faux wrap I still love it. I am now on the hunt for a solid fabric to make view A. Seriously if you don't have this pattern yet what are you waiting for?
Back view with ties
Fabric: 2.5yds @ 4.75/yd = $11.88
Notions: thread from my stash