First, allow me to say don’t get fooled by the instructions of this pattern! This is an easy dress to sew if you disregard parts of the instructions.
I rarely follow instructions of patterns to the dot but for this pattern I decided to humor it because I noticed a method I had never used before – basting with wrong sides together. Maybe this is a trick to make it easy for fitting (?). It made me wonder if I was missing out on something and I’m always up for learning something new.
Now that I’ve tried it, what the heck were they thinking! I don’t mean to sound negative about this pattern because it is a very flattering dress and quite easy to sew. However, there are much better methods to this and I would hate to see sewing enthusiasts get discouraged. So here are some things to consider before starting this project.
1 – Baste the conventional way for fitting, with right sides together. It will save you lots of time for the same result.
2 – The measurements seem to go on the larger size with an addition of a full inch seam allowances. It seems a bit excessive, especially for sewing with stretchy fabrics. I ended up reducing to a size and half smaller than the recommended and still wasted quite a bit of fabric on seam allowances.
3 – I’m not a fan of using bias tape for necklines. It’s again a waste of fabric and it just doesn’t look right to me. There are better, easier ways to neatly finish a neckline without creating such a bulky look. My personal favorite is by using clear swimwear elastic. It’s very light and it gives the knit fabric a clean sharp edge.
– With a zigzag stitch the elastic to the edge of neckline on wrong side; fold fabric towards wrong side using the edge of the elastic as a guide; stitch in place with a double needle or a zigzag stitch.
Overall, I really like this pattern and will probably be making it again but will be tossing the instructions. I think there is a lesson learned here, and that is to follow my instincts! Pattern instructions are there to help as suggestions. If there is a particular way of sewing that you know works well for you, use it.