I finally got around to photographing the skirt yesterday. This is all that remains from My 1 Dress project of 2012.
Look at all that wrinkling. I didn’t have any wrinkles by muslin 3. I think I took a wrong turn at the hand-basting of the silk organza underlining.
I still love the color and may try to salvage this further. I also think the skirt needs to be pegged. I tried to peg the skirt pieces unsuccessfully between muslins 1 and 2, then gave up on the idea.
Pattern Description: (from pattern envelope – Lined dresses A-F, fitted through bust, mid-knee, have princess seams, bias midriff and back zipper.)
Pattern Sizing: I started with a size 20.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? No.
Were the instructions easy to follow? I didn’t follow them. I sewed along to the Craftsy Couture Dress class.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the idea of a princess seam sheath dress with a hem that is 2 inches below my knee. I dislike pretty much everything else. Even after making 3 muslins, I only salvaged the skirt portion of the dress.
Fabric Used: A teal blue poly-rayon suiting with some stretch that I had in the stash for eons and silk organza.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I made a raft of adjustments The details are in the following posts.
I also added a back pleat to the hem of the skirt.
After putting together the final dress, the bodice still looked a hot mess. I ripped the bodice from the skirt to try to salvage the skirt. I added a grosgrain ribbon stay inside the skirt waistline to keep it from stretching. Since the seam allowances were so large, I just turned them under and used them as a facing.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? No, I would not on both counts. I am not sure this is the right sheath pattern for some with a big front and back porch who is taller than average.
Conclusion: I think working with this pattern was an unnecessary test of my perseverance with an underwhelming result.