I am still trying to catch up on things I’ve sewn but not posted. This dress was completed maybe 2 weeks ago. Here is my Review:
Pattern Description: Misses’/Miss petite lined A-line dress has square or jewel neckline, short or 3/4 sleeve options and pocket variations.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?Yes except I put the exposed Zipper in the front.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I have RTW dress very similar that I love to wear. I liked the pockets with flaps.
Fabric Used:I used a lightweight double knit I bought a year ago at Hancocks. The pockets are a remnant of black double knit fabric that I had.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I lowered the scoop neckline down to the size 12 marking maybe another 1/2 inch. I sized up because I was using the double knit but I dont know what I was thinking I should have sized down to a 16. I had to take out about 3 inches from the back seam. I also didnt used facings but self binded the neck edge.
Simplicity has an online video tutorial on how to do the exposed Zipper for this pattern. I actually didn’t use it and only noticed it last night. I simply folded the center front piece and ironed the crease in the fold just to the bottom of the zipper. I opened it and laid the zipper on top of the foldline centering the zipper teeth on it. I pinned it in place and sewed it down on the very edge of the tape. I then cut straight down the center of the fold not completely to the end though. I then folded back the seam allowance and sewed on top of the previous stitching reinforcing the zipper and moving the seam allowance out of the way.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I highly recommend. I would love to sew this again maybe in a linen fabric.
Conclusion: It was a really quick project. I love the dress!!