I made two of these dresses for my trip to Ecuador back in April. I really wanted some cute and comfortable dresses to withstand the heat and this pattern fit the bill.
Here’s my first version in blue:
Here we are in Canoa, Ecuador. El Senor on the left is my dad, who is building a house close by. Unfortunately, this is the only picture I have of myself wearing either dress during the trip. I think I was too busy trying to keep my toddler from falling off of this balcony:
Looks super child-proof, right?
Anyway, here’s the review:
Pattern Description: Loose-fitting, pullover dress, above mid-knee, has mock wrap bodice with gathered, draped front, elasticized waist and pockets, back neckline has slit and adjustable drawstring tie ends.
Pattern Sizing: BB(8-10-12-14), F5(16-18-20-22-24). I made a straight 16.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes- minus the pockets.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Very easy.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? This pattern is perfect for a casual summer dress that is super easy and comfortable to wear. That said, it needed a number of small adjustments to get things ‘just right’.
Fabric Used: Cotton blend knit from G-Street Fabrics in Seven Corners, Va. bought in 2006 or 2007 for $2.97/yd. Bustin’ the stash! I always called this my “Ugly Fabric” but I did so endearingly. I like big ugly prints in funky color combinations. It was a perfect fabric/pattern match for two reasons: I had just enough yardage for the 3.5 yards that this fabrichog of a pattern calls for and secondly this knit will NOT stay unwrinkled. Ever. So it was perfect for a casual dress with lots of gathers. I think the constant wrinkling is why I made two versions in the same print [but different colors].
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I didn’t do the pockets or petticoat. I have no problems filling out this skirt! I raised the armhole by an inch, lowered the waistline by an inch and used purchased bias tape instead of a self-fabric casing. The bias tape had a neater finish and I usually wear this dress belted so the extra stitch line doesn’t bother me this time. I also ended up taking an inch out of the bodice side seams and I tacked the front closed so I wouldn’t have to wear a tank under it.
As you can see- I didn’t bother with matching patterns.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I did sew it again! I’ve made this pattern three times so I think I’m done – – atleast for now.