It was so difficult for me to find a photo appropriate for posting for this dress - my dearest friend was my photographer for these shots and in nearly every single photo I'm laughing so hard my face is the same colour as my hair... NOT a good look!!
Fitted dress, lined bodice, back zipper closing with front flange. Armhole and sleeve variations
What were the instructions like?
For a Vogue, The instructions were fine - I think the curved armhole strap thingy (the pattern calls it a flange but I just can't bring myself to!!) was explained well and is drafted really well. I didn't have any problems with any part of the pattern - although it has A LOT of ease -the bodice needed to be taken in a lot to get the fitted look.
I've made this dress a couple of times now as I find the neckline really flattering. I love the curved straps and shape of the skirt.
It does sew up big, so you may end up going an entire size down. I strongly recommend making a mock up first with this pattern.
I would also recommend when doing the pleated skirt that you hem your skirt BEFORE you start making the pleats - the pattern has you doing them afterwards and its just all too bulky and fiddly for my liking.
I reduced the width of the sleeves by 2 INCHES... they are 80's queen huge. They are fairly complicated and add quite a lot more time to the overall time spent making the dress but I thought they were cute (although I possibly would just go with a cap sleeve on the next one) They would probably be a bit more striking on a plain fabric as it got a bit lost in my print.
Wrap it up!
Fabulous pattern for a dress that can look really formal in the right fabric - really flattering shape in both the skirt and the bodice. Totes worth the effort!!