|photo from Jenny's pattern site|
So - let's start at the beginning. I had a bit of operator error in printing the pattern - completely my fault - I missed seeing a box that wasn't checked and should have been, so while my 'gauge' box was the right size, my pattern pages were off just a bit and that may have affected my first version.
I very carefully too new measurements and looked at the size of my most uncomfortable, but best fitting bra to determine my size. Based on my measurements, I cut a 16 at the bust through the waist and graded out to a 22 at the hip. I found the construction very easy and sewed up both dresses on my sewing machine. While I love my serger - I like construction to be neat and look the same all over the inside. Because I wasn't positive I could make both sides seams look neat and tidy constructing them on the serger, I chose to sew it together with a tiny, narrow zig zag. Because this was a tester version - I did not add any length, nor did I add width to the sleeves.
|You aren't seeing things - that's not me!|
Because of my printing errors, I print out the pattern again - properly this time. Trimmed the pages, glued it together, traced it again and cut out version No. 3. Again - 16 bust, waist and graded out to closer to a 20 at the hips. This time, I used a solid knit for the bands and ties. The floral fabric was a ponte that I bought at JoAnn fabrics. On this version - I did mix up the construction just slightly - I put the sleeves in flat, before adding the ties/band - just personal preference.
When both girls were home for a family friend's wedding in August - I offered the dresses up to either of the girls. While both dresses fit both girls - they ended up going home with Krystle. For sizing purposes and information - Krystle wears a either a size 12 or 14 in RTW and a D cup. I think these dresses look smashing on her - and a a young married lady trying to build up her businesses and design clients she likes the opportunity to have a nice, professional dress without spending a fortune to add it to her closet (maybe one of these years I'll get a fabric mart gift certificate for my birthday or mother's day ::winkwink::) Now - don't get me wrong - I did not gift the dresses to Krystle because I didn't like them - I would have kept them and worn them - but I didn't LOVE them and thought if one of the girls did - so be it. I have made another - which I will keep and wear and just bought fabric for more.
I hope you found my review of the sewing helpful. But want to hear how the dresses wear? And see how they fit my girl? How they fit into her professional lifestyle? And be entered into a little giveaway? Go check her blog - go now!
*As a tester, I was provided the pattern and ultimately a Appleton Dress Kit, however the opinions on the pattern and construction are my own.