Here I am on my bushland verandah about to walk through the bush to the wedding ceremony.
Empire waist dresses with bodice, skirt and sleeve options. I made bodice B with skirt D and sleeve E.
I cut a 12, grading to a 14 at the hips.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, I think so. Except I lapped the sleeves back over front instead of front over back - oops! But I was in too much of a hurry to fix it.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
They were fine, it's a fairly straightforward pattern. Because the fabric is a sheer I sewed all seams with a french seam (except the armhole, which I stitched then zig zagged and trimmed). I lined the whole dress - the pattern doesn't have a lining in the skirt. I also used an invisible zip.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like all the different combinations. I think this will be a handy pattern to have.
Polyester georgette which I bought from a local designer who was selling off stock from her workroom about a year ago (maybe more).
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
No changes to the design. I made a slight fba, which I just incorporated into the under bust gathers.
I did have trouble getting the neckline to sit flat. This always happens to me on this style of neckline. I think my understitching/clipping/trimming technique needs work!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would definitely consider making this again and I would recommend it.
It worked perfectly for the occasion - a daytime 'formal' wedding in the bush. The sleeves protected my shoulders from the sun but without making me too hot and the skirt accommodated a wonderful dinner and several glasses of champagne. Oh yeah, and it didn't get creased while travelling!
Since it turned out to be quite a cool day I wore this cardigan over the top for much of the time. In the evening I wore a tan tweed coat that I made from a vintage 60's pattern (which I have now lost - sob!) before I started blogging.