This is actually another dress that I made for my Mother. I had planned on finishing it for her in Vermont, but I left one sleeve in San Diego! The bright side to that....I got to wear it out to dinner last night. lol. Thank goodness Mothers are generous and have a sharing nature.
Pattern Description: A-line, pullover dress, mid-knee has bodice front (fitted through the bust), raised front waistline, single-layered tie ends, below elbow sleeves and narrow hems. B: single-layer cowl. C: attached front overlays. I started out making version A and then added the cowl neck collar afterward. The neckline seemed a bit too exposed for my Mother, especially in Vermont.
Pattern Sizing: 8-10-12-14. I made the 14.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I think the gathering in the front is flattering and hides a tummy pretty well. This pic is after dinner at Red Lobster!
Fabric Used: I used 2 1/2 yards of a designer jersey knit called Nemesis Green purchased at Fabric.com for only $4.78/yard. It's a lightweight blend - 96% polyester/4% Lycra.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I serged the entire dress with the exception of the gathering, which I did using my gathering foot on my Bernina. The directions might have called for lining the bodice, which I didn't do.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I think this dress came out very flattering. Since it's actually going to my Mother, I will definitely have to make another one for myself!
Conclusion: This came out a lot nicer than I expected. I think that reading the reviews helped, as it was a good decision to go down one size for a more fitted look.
Labels: FO Butterick 5246