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Friday, June 18, 2010
It's about a week late but here is the review I promised of the dress I wore to graduation.
Pattern Description: Close-fitting dresses A, B, C have wrap fronts, front tucks, front and back pleats, self-ties, A-line skirt and sleeve variations. A: short flounce sleeves. B: three-quarter length sleeves. C: long flared sleeves and border print. Lengths are 2" above mid-knee.
I made view A
Pattern Sizing: Available in 8-24. I cut a generous 14 but ended up taking the skirt in several inches.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Absolutely. I realized that while I made view A, my fabric matched that from view B
Were the instructions easy to follow? Very! An absolute beginner could sew this garment with little no issues.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I loved everything about this pattern and had no dislikes.
Fabric Used: A magenta colored ITY purchased from Denver Fabrics online.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I had to bring the skirt sides in an inch and half or so. As a result my front skirt pleats were no longer to the side but rather centered. Instead of ripping out the seams I decided to leave it as is. I also finished off the sleeves, skirt hem, and bodice with a rolled edge. The material was thin and I liked the breezy look and feel of it and thought that a more standard finish would take away from that.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I do plan on sewing this again...several times in fact! I think I can now officially retire vogue 8379, lol.
Conclusion: A solid well drafted pattern that went together in no time. The instructions were great and the result was a great dress to wear to my baby sister's graduation.
Fabric: 2 ydss @ $2.35/yd
Notions: thread from my stash