I like the end result, but there are still a lot of issues with this dress. If I were to make it again (which I might, or at least do the other view), I need to take these into account.
- First off, this dress has a RIDICULOUS amount of positive ease in the chest. I cut a SIX for the bodice but a 12 for the skirt portion.
- That being said, if you go really small for a bodice to take the ease into account, think about the armholes. They will also be rather small and pinch/rub against you arms and armpits all night
- Also look at the waist length. Make sure the waistband actually sits at your narrowest part and not 2" too high
- The fabric layout really didn't make a lot of sense. Usually I look at the picture and go, "duh!". This time, I had to sit down on three separate occasions to figure it out.
- As much as I liked the pockets on the pattern (one of the reasons I bought it), I am glad I omitted them.
- DO NOT CUT VIEW A LENGTH unless you are planning to wear it as a tunic! It is super short...I was worried I'd be the "slut" at the wedding (turns out I was rather modestly dressed)
- I need to buy an invisible zipper foot, or I need to stop buying invisible zippers. It never ends well
- I am very glad I lined this dress. It looked pretty on the outside
- While shiny fabric looks good on a bolt (Even if it is high-quality fabric), it looks cheap on a dress. If I had used the reversed matte side, I would have been much happier.
- Read the directions for the neck ruffle. No, since you are doing a rolled hem for the whole thing, you do not need to cut on the bias. Save some fabric. It's also okay to shorten it buy a foot to save fabric.
- Don't be lazy, INTERFACE
- Interface the waist
- Lengthen dress as much as possible
- Fix front of neck ruffle
Overall, the pattern isn't bad. I really should start making muslins. Here's the dress on Gert...
|Those sides don't even come CLOSE to matching...at least the zipper installation looks OK from afar...|
|I do NOT look happy...oops!|