Inspiration: My friend Lisa searched for a special dress for her graduation and 18th birthday. Not finding anything decent she came to me. Together we decided on this design.
Construction: I basically followed the pattern, raising the neckline a bit and adjusting the fit for Lisa. I lined it instead of using facings so that Lisa wouldn’t need a slip.
Nice dress, easily made dressy or casual
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Pretty well. I had to make some adjustments, so at times the instructions were no longer applicable. The lapped zipper instructions were wonderful- I’m no longer afraid of zippers!
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the styling. Modest without being frumpy, very flattering for my customer’s figure (rather straight). The sleeves were very easy, since they are raglan, but don’t look sporty.
Keepsake calico cotton fabric from joann’s. Puchased white piping. Lined with white cotton muslin.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I raised the neckline an inch, and adjusted for gaping because of small bust. My customer is a ballerina, so I had to make adjustments for her muscular shoulders and back. I fully lined the dress rather than using the facings so that there would be no shadowing and so that she wouldn’t have to wear a slip, so that affected the construction. I believe I also lengthen the skirt some, because the wearer is tall.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes! I almost made one for myself immediately after finishing this one. I would definitely recommend it.
Overall great pattern, though I wouldn’t exactly call it beginner. There are some tricky things with the piping and pleats, but if you’ve got at least a little experience sewing, go for it!