Pattern Description:MISSES' DRESS, BELT AND BOLERO: Dress has bias shoulder straps, self-bias binding extending into tie ends, close-fitting bodice with bra/slit, no side seams, back-button closing and self belt. Fitted bolero has shoulder pads. Note: no provisions provided for above waist adjustments.
Pattern Sizing: 6 - 22. I made a size 14, according to the finishing garment measurements. It was perfect in the waist and hips, as expected.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Very nearly! I decided to go strapless, and I skipped the bolero. I have the perfect white sweater in my closet already.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. As usual, I had to make it slightly more complicated by including a full lining, and that I had to figure out myself! No big deal.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
LIKE: The gathered bust and sweetheart neckline, the smooth lines and slight A-line where the skirt meets the bodice.
DISLIKE: Buttoning up the back of a dress by yourself? No thanks. I installed a zipper instead.
Fabric Used: A retro/vintage cotton batiste print from Mood. Can't find it on the website now, maybe it's sold out. I underlined the bodice pieces in white batiste, and lined the skirt separately.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Eliminated the straps and installed a zipper.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes and Yes. It's a really lovely dress, that doesn't scream "vintage". It's summery, it's feminine, it's fun, and I really love the way it turned out.
Conclusion: It may not get a ton of wear, but it sure is fun to wear. Not too hard to make, and very feminine.
I haven't had a fun photo shoot with DH in forever, so this was a blast! We came inside and "My Cousin Vinny" was on (the scene where his girlfriend is the expert witness on cars?), so I hit the couch. He snapped one more: