Added Aug 21, 2010
Rapid City, Sout...
This dress reminds me of the Southwest U.S. with it’s slightly Navajo feel to the fabric. It’s definitely a fall dress though because the cotton feels heavy when it’s all put together in dress form.
Pattern Description: Miss’s dress has pleated skirt with pockets and princess seamed bodice, collar and sleeve variations.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? For the most part yes, it’s hard to compare a finished dress to the ones on the envelope in the case of “Project Runway” patterns because there are so many variations.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, like all Big 4 patterns it had plenty of drawings along with the instructions
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the bodice and skirt a lot, I’ve been looking for a good shirtwaist dress pattern. But I do not like the sleeves much, I was expecting them to be more straight. Instead they seem really puffy, and the pattern doesn’t have you add a closure for the cuff as far as I can tell in the instructions.
Pattern Sizing: 4-12, I cut a 10
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: Not changes. The variations I chose were the shirtwaist bodice, longer sleeves with cuff, and collar.
Would you sew it again? Probably not, I’ll keep looking for a better shirtwaist pattern. Although I am intreged by the double breasted bodice, I would need to find different sleeves though.
Would you recommend it to others? Yes, It’s not too difficult (especially if you’ve ever made a button-up shirt before) and there are a lot of good variations.
Ikat style cotton
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