Fall is almost upon us, which means pre-fall patterns have been released from the Big 4 pattern companies! Fall is undoubtedly my favorite season, so I am eager to see what other designs come out and for the cooler weather. I don’t know about you, but I’m always in awe of the beautiful fall color schemes. So, I can’t wait to load my wardrobe up with some burnt orange, yellow, dark green, and burgundy makes!
Let’s talk about sizing. I’m not sure if I just missed it, or if the pattern didn’t have finished bust measurements, but ultimately, I cut the wrong size. I cut a size 16, as I normally do, but did no fitting. BAD IDEA! I put on my lovely, finished garment, only for the entire bodice to be too large.
I tried every which way to make it work without making alterations, but the bodice needed to be shortened by at least 2 inches. Well, there lies a problem. To do that would mean completely taking apart the entire dress, lining included. That was not an option for me. So, the only other option was for me to take it up from the shoulders. I was able to take up 1.5 inches from the shoulders without losing the pleat detail or making the armscye too small. It still isn’t perfect, but it works. I’m able to camouflage this error a bit with the belt, so it’s not too noticeable.
Lesson…do a tissue fitting for the bodice. If I had done so, I probably would have cut a size 12 or 14 for the whole dress.
The Chambray from Stylish Fabrics was a nice choice for this pattern. It was very easy to sew up, save the holes getting caught a few times on my blind hem foot. No big deal. I thought this fabric gave the look some texture and definitely gave a simple wrap dress some character.
My only advice for the fabric would be to do a good pre-wash. Though I did a pre-wash, I found that there was still some dye bleeding as I was sewing. I just gave the dress a wash once I was done and that solved the problem. My suggestion would be to either pre-wash multiple times to be safe or make sure you have a really good laundry detergent– something like Oxyclean.
I mentioned that I lined my garment due to the holes in the fabric. This is optional, as the proper undergarments can address that issue. However, the yellow dress that I have has lining, so I thought that it would be good to line this one for practice, if not for anything else. I purchased my lining fabric from Joann.
Be mindful that you will need to finish your edges to avoid fraying. I used my serger; however, you can finish your edges however you see fit. I’ll admit that I was completely lazy on my hem. I just finished the edge and turned up the hem. Since it is curved, you should follow the curved hem instructions in the pattern….if you want to. ?
The pattern does call for interfacing, so if you use this fabric, I would recommend using a black interfacing. I wasn’t too particular about it since it was only for the neckline facing, so it’s not seen when on. But if you’re particular about it, go for black, as the white does peep through a bit.
Overall, I think that this is a cute addition to my wardrobe. I wore this dress at a speaking engagement and got tons of compliments…and requests to purchase. ? And can we just talk about how gorgeous Tee’s version is in view B? She absolutely nailed it! As you can see, this fabric is perfect for any of the views.
As for the pattern, I would only recommend the pattern to an advanced beginner or above. If you’re just starting out, the edgestitching, understitching, and gathering may be a bit much to do in one project. As always, follow the instructions. I often read and re-read to make sure I fully understand what I should do.
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