A ton of people have made this dress and every time I saw it I wanted it! There are quite a bit of options that come with the pattern too!
Date Started: 03/23/20 Date Finished: 04/14/20
My Measurements at the time: 39 bust, 33 waist, 45 hip
Size Sewn: Large at bust/waist and 2x at hip
Version: Short sleeve bodice with scoop neck (Style B) – 1/2 circle skirt option. My one and only complaint with this pattern is that it doesn’t give you a HIP measurement – only bust and waist. For someone that is pear shaped that is a huge problem. I can’t pick my bust/waist measurement and just go with it; my hips are much bigger. So I just picked a size 2x and went with it because in most other patterns I am usually 2 hip sizes larger than my waist. Luckily, it worked well. But come on! Put a hip measurement in the pattern!
Alterations: OK I may have one more complaint with the pattern. The sleeves on these measured SO insanely small and tight. I made a size L bodice but after measuring the sleeve I knew I needed a much larger size. I ended up using a size 2X for the sleeve and even then I had to add an additional 1/4” to the sides of the sleeves. I also lowered the sleeve cap by 5/8” – I do not like a tall sleeve cap because it feels restrictive and fits weird on me. I talk a lot about high sleeve caps on my old blog, usually with Burda patterns. I show a great picture on why I adjust this and the before and after difference it makes on this Henley tee post. Anyway, back to the dress.
Fabric: Amazing fabric. It was love at first sight. It is a Double Brushed Poly Jersey Knit Floral Navy/Red Fabric; fiber content is 96% Polyester/4% Lycra Spandex. I purchased it August 2019 from Amazon/fabric.com for $6.38/yard. I used 2 yards for this dress for a total of $12.76
Thoughts: I love it! I love the dress, the fabric, the fit, all of it!! This is the perfect dress for me. I can’t wait to make up a bunch of the different options in the pattern. Bonus is that it feels like secret pajamas when I’m wearing it.
This dress was in my sewing plans for Fall/Winter 2019. I may have sewn it up just a little past winter but that’s ok (I also planned on using a different pattern for this fabric but I’m glad I changed my mind and went with the Miss Ruby Tuesday).
I had originally planned on wearing this dress with my Helen’s Closet Blackwood cardigan but I think the cardigan is too heavy for this dress.
I’ll have to pair the cardigan with something else. I like the dress on its own.
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