Were the instructions good? I have no idea since I don't speak Italian. I never bother translating because I find the translation nearly as incomprehensible as the Italian. It's really good way to become less dependent on written instructions. Even when they are in English, as with Burda Style they aren't very good. I write a construction order to make sure that I do things in the most economical and intelligent way. Of course this doesn't always work, but it gets me thinking on how I want to proceed. This was really a very simple first pattern to make with La Mia Boutiqu
Does it look like the original? As you can see in the photos, it's not really easy to tell what it looks like. But, I like how it came out and that's all that matters. Actually, looking at the photos I would make it a little shorter and peg the bottom in a bit more. I still may do that. I wore this bare legged and with gray wedge sandals which I think that it looked better styled that way.
Changes I made Obviously I lengthened it. I made a vertical fba, using my upper bust measurement for the neck and shoulders and the amount of negative ease I wanted at the bust. This depends on how much stretch there is. I also don't want to make the midriff area tight, so I adjust the bust accordingly and ease into increased width at waist and hips. I always add an in case seam allowance on the side seams so that I can adjust the fit. It allows for difference in stretch among knits. The pattern magazines don't have a stretch guide like the big 4 do. There were no markings for how much to gather the side. I made an educated guess. I used narrow elastic for the gathering because when I tried to use basting stitches, the curling was just too difficult to control even with wider seam allowances.
Would I make it again? Probably not since I've got a lot of dress patterns I want to make and I don't wear dresses all that often.
This was made back in September to wear to a luncheon honoring my MIL. She's 93 years old and the Asheville, NC. YWCA honored her, along with two other women as a Woman of Influence at their annual luncheon. That she certainly is. Her list of accomplishments is way to long to list here.
La Mia Boutique is available from Around the World Fashion Magazines in both single issues and by subscription. I was in the store in September and they had a lot of older issues and I think they had this one if you are interested. Give them a call and ask.