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Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Pattern Description: Loose-fitting, above knee pullover dress has elasticized front and back neckline, short sleeves and top-stitched hems.
Pattern Sizing: 8-24
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Mostly. There wasn't as much gathering in the front band as on the model.
Were the instructions easy to follow?Yes, it's a simple dress. They have you make a thread chain to hold your bra straps in place, which is necessary, but they don't give you directions on how to make one, so you'll need instructions for that. They are typical of most of the pattern companies in that they don't use knit construction techniques and use 5/8" sas. What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I wanted an easy, airy summer dress and this certainly fits the bill. No Spanx required. I also liked that even though it is A Very Easy Vogue, it has some nice construction detailing that is usually absent from their easy patterns. Fabric Used: A rayon lycra from Marcy Tilton. On her site she frequently suggests cutting knits on the cross grain (when they are 4 way stretch) to make stripes vertical and other patterns more flattering on the figure. I didn't have enough material to cut this on the straight grain, so I cut it on the cross and it worked out fine. There is a lot of stretch in both directions and this is a very loose dress. Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I did a totally unnecessary fba. There would have been more than enough room for my DD bust considering I took it in about 4" in bust blending into the hip. I also lengthened it to mid knee. I needed to remove about 1.5" from the back elastic and about the same from the front elastic to pull the neckline closer to my body. I could have taken in more in the front. I'd suggest trying this on with the elastic pinned in place to make sure that the back and front lay close to the body. I have a flat back, so this might make a difference. Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, in a plain fabric after I remove the fba, and yes I highly recommend it.
Conclusion: This is an easy to make and wear summer dress and even chic especially with my gladiator sandals. After yesterdays heat and humidity it's just a terrific summer dress that is actually chic and not too young and last night while browsing blogs I saw this posting at You Look Fab about losing the waist so I am right on target here.
I have been sewing since I was a teenager, mostly self taught. I sew for myself, with some some occasional sewing for my daughter. I love garment sewing and will only sew home dec if desperate. I love to cook and read and try to avoid cleaning as much as possible.