So I probably should have read the reviews before I started this one because they were all spot on for some of the problems I faced doing this dress. It took me the morning to make the dress and then the afternoon to fix all the things I should have checked at the start. Although I must warn there are a couple of things you can't really check until your wearing the finished garment.
Image courtesy of Vogue Patterns
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions were very easy to follow. There are quite a few steps. The part with the pocket got me thinking for a little while analysing the picture but I finally worked it out.
I cut a size 12 all over.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The picture on the pattern really drew me in it was unique and pretty. I loved the idea of the pleated front and skirt and I was interested in the material that went from the front to the back.
Lightweight Polyester blend.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
There are a few so I might list them.
1. Front was way too big. (This is in all of the previous reviews as well). I didn't read the reviews until I was finished wondering what happened so I did my best to fix it.
The way I fixed it was to fold in the collar, take out the first two pleats on either side and fold them in. This ensured it wasn't so large at the front centre and then resewed it to the skirt. To make this again you would have to remove a large part of the material at the very front.
Dress showing collar and front flop
(way too much material in the centre)
2. Once the dress was made (this might be because of the material I used) I really, really hated the skirt pocket draping to the back of the skirt. It just hung all floppy and sat funny around my hips.
It was really unflattering!! I removed this section (Pockets) and replaced with a flat piece of fabric. as shown below.
Skirt Side - Material just flopping and looking a bit ugly.
Back - Notice the side flaps and awful sagging - eiiikk!!
Replacement piece of material using my tracing paper.
3. For some reason I don't really like how you have an extra part of material that makes the hem of the skirt. In this material it was just too hard to get the fold line right so I just scrapped that and folded the skirt hem up.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
It was a lot of effort to make and fix up so probably not. I would highly recommend everyone does this in a muslin first because there may be these types of alterations needed and luckily I had extra material for this dress.
Notice the top has no collar now, hehe.