(BTW, please, please, please excuse the wrinkles (I HATE wrinkles), the person that delivered the dress accidentally crumpled it up after I'd pressed it. The fabric is a cotton sateen, and as we all know, most cottons are extremely prone to wrinkling).
Dress with mock wrap bodice and skirt with godets.
I used the size 12 for my client.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Very much so.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The pattern was well drafted. There was really nothing not to like. However, the neckline facing (nearest to the collar) was a little questionable. I've never seen such a facing. The more I sew, the more I'm beginning to dislike facings all together.
I used a turquoise stretch sateen. The pattern uses between 5-6 yards of fabric. That's alot of fabric!!! The weight of the stretch sateen made it a little heavier that I expected (not uncomfortably so)---- but I can see why the fabric suggestions are for lightweight fabrics. The inspiration dress that we saw in the Metro magazine (see the original post) used stretch sateen so I decided to go with that fabric to mimic that dress.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
My Client didn't like the tabbed sleeves, so I got rid of the tab and extended the sleeve a little so she would have a 3/4" sleeve that she could roll up or leave straight. I also used an invisible zipper.
(This is the back view. Again, excuse the unintended wrinkles)
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I've already made View D for myself this year (it was my Mother's Day Dress) and attempted to make View C, but picked a fabric that was too lightweight. I think I might tackle this project in the near future provided I find the perfect fabric for it.
This is a great dress!!!! The style and color are extremely flattering on my client!!! It's no surprise that this pattern has received rave reviews!!! I definitely recommend that if the style suits you, you should give it a try (wink)!