Posted 18 May, 08on:
I bought this pattern for two reasons. First, it looked very easy to wear, especially on a day when I need to look nice but also need to move around a lot. Second, I love the sleeve detail of View B. It adds just enough style to keep the dress from being plain.
The underlay panel is cut similar to the top edge of a cami. Ribbon is used to attach it to the shoulder seams. If I were to make this pattern again, I would redraft the underlay piece to attach in the armhole. The ribbons tend to pull and distort the shoulder seam. However, I do like the underlay piece. In addition to providing modesty, it could also provide interest by using contrasting fabric.
The sleeve was a big disappointment. I carefully marked the elastic placement. It looked very pretty until I tried it on. I have very tiny upper arms. Think “Tyrannosaurus Rex” tiny upper arms. The elastic was too tight. Even with the elastic loosened, I still did not like the sleeve. After playing with it a bit, I opted for simply leaving the sleeve loose, a sort of “flutter” sleeve. It was a much simpler treatment and I liked how it mimicked the shape of the skirt.
For the bindings, I used fold over elastic. The deep purple gives definition to the bodice details. The fabric is a soft, smooth microfiber knit from Fabricland in Canada.
This is definitely another “throw and go” dress. The elasticized empire waist makes it comfortable. It would also hide any tummy fluff. The fabric will not wrinkle or crush, even in a suitcase.
The pattern envelope states that either a knit or woven may be used making this a very versatile pattern. With a silk, it could be very dressy. In a bright cotton print, it would be great for summer. A long sleeve version in wool jersey would carry this pattern into winter.