This is the first time that I've tackled a cocktail dress, and I am very pleased, scratch that. I am ecstatic on how it turned out. I'm also jumping for joy because this was a stash buster project. I only had to buy fabric for the lining, a zipper, and red serger thread. I purchased the fabric a few months ago at JoAnn's from their clearance department with no particular pattern in mind. The dress portion was made of a 100% Polyester/Taffeta fabric and was a dream to sew with. I'm so glad I purchased more of the fabric in other colors. Anyway, enough of my blabbering, on with my review.
Lined, flared dress, close-fitting at bust, above mid-knee length has upper bands and back zipper; dress A has contrast bands, shoulder straps and bow; dress B has contrast bands and ties; dress C has shoulder straps, lace trim and contrast ruffles.
I made View B with an overlay.
14 - 20
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, most definitely. It was a cross between view A and view B since I did the dress portion with an overlay.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I really didn't follow the directions, but I did look at the pictures briefly. In looking at the directions now, they seem pretty straight forward.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
This is a great pattern to pull out and make if you want something to wear in a jiffy and I highly recommend it. It's also great for when you don't feel like wearing something close fitted especially on the bloated days. You can still look put together, and very chic.
For the dress, I used a Taffeta made of 100% Polyester. At least I think it was a Taffeta. It was in the clearance section of JoAnn Fabrics and sometimes the fabrics aren't named very well, but the fabric was a dream to work with. For the overlay on the dress I used organza fabric with 3 dimensional appliques.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
In cutting out the pattern I used the dress length for view A. I'm 5'9 and I don't like my dresses too short. I also used the full length of the pattern piece for the tie. I didn't shorten it for the length of the dress size. It made it easier to tie, and I think it hangs nicer. I had to take it in a little more only in the band/chest area to help it so it wouldn't slide down while wearing
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I love the dress, and it is exactly how I envisioned it, but I don't know if I'd make it again. One is enough for my wardrobe. I highly recommend it .
This was my first time working with an overlay, and it was a little of a challenge, only because of the appliques and scallop at the bottom. I threw caution to the wind when I cut the skirt portion out. You really can't follow the layouts on the pattern instructions when there's crazy stuff going on on the fabric. My dressform really came in handy when I was figuring out where everything should line up.
Overall, I LOVE this dress, and it was a hit at the wedding I went to last night. It also made my night when I was walking up to the bar, and I hear this one woman say to another guest who was also a woman " I LOVE HER DRESS!! " I beamed. If only they knew I made it.
By the way, this review/post is dedicated to Smoking Needles. I thought you'd like this one for your CBM.
In knitting news I started Coachella this week.
This pattern is pretty easy to work up, and great if you want to knit while watching television or a movie. The yarn I'm using is Maggi's Linen by MaggiKnits. It's a mix of 48% Linen and 52% Cotton. I've never worked with linen before so I think this was a nice introduction.
I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend so far, I know I am. The wedding was in Cape May, NJ. I stayed over, enjoyed the beach this morning and drove back this afternoon. Tonight I'll be making a pound cake for a knitting pool party with some friends tomorrow.
Hope everyone is having a great one!! Cheers!!