Inspired by a photo of Jaime King, wearing the "Ashanti" dress by Joie,$268.
I spotted this in "People Magazine" after finding the fabric on the Mood website, and knew it was the look I was after.
Fabric from Mood:
Rose Floral Double-Sided Poly-Cotton, 56"wide. 2 yards.
(Lining: Beige Anti-static from Joann's, 58" wide, 1.5 yards)
Pattern Description: "Pullover dress has tie/loop, flounces (wrong side may show), loose-fitting bodice, side pockets, thread carriers and very narrow hems. Elasticized upper edge/waist and belt."
Pattern Sizing: 4-20. I made the 12 according to the finished garment measurements on the pattern. I wanted it to slide over my hips easily, but without too much extra fabric to gather at the waist.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? For the most part, aside from the change of shoulder straps, RTW belt, and slight change in length.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, but since I needed to line it, I strayed from the instructions quite a bit.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I chose it because it allowed me to use both sides of the fabric and strongly resembled the magazine picture I admired.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
1. Shortened the hem by 6".
2. Used 2 shoulder straps.
3. Inserted a lining.
*4. I WISH I WOULD'VE LENGTHENED THE BODICE BY 1".
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would recommend it, it's a great sundress and easy enough to make. I don't really want/need another in my closet right now, but I'll tuck it away for the future.
Conclusion: On a scale from 1-10, I'd give it a 7. It's a great sundress, but I'm not crazy about the waist gathers. It's a little short-waisted, but I think it will get lots of wear.