Wednesday, October 19, 2011
The Fringed Sheath
Pattern Description: Misses dress with front and sleeve variations.
Pattern Sizing: 4-20. I cut size 4 and sewed 1/2" side seams.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Not really, as I made several changes.
Fabric Used: FabricMart Boucle' suiting in a rainbow of colors with rayon lining in Ralph Lauren green.
Were the instructions easy to follow? I didn't refer to them; it was just three pattern pieces.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the shoulder princess seams, which I can alter to fit my shoulder area. This is the first and only dress pattern that I have found in years with princess seams from shoulder to hem.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: As afforded the opportunity by the pattern, I altered the shoulder area to accommodate a hollow chest.
I did change the shoulder princess seams to curve into the side seam at the hips.
I actually traced the seam line from another Project Runway pattern, Simplicity 2927.
I placed the side front pieces on the bias. This both allows for a better fit and eliminates the need to match seams in that area.
I changed the neckline to a V, shortened the length by a couple of inches, and added a lining and fringed hem, a la Dolce & Gabbana.
Would you sew it again? Definitely. Would you recommend it to others? Wholeheartedly.
Conclusion: This is a superb pattern with great fitting and design opportunities.