Pattern Description: Close fitting, above mid-knee length knit dress with mock wrap front, gathered at left side with collar and raglan sleeves.
Sizing: 8 to 16 and 18W to 24W
Instructions: They are easy to follow, good beginner dress. I left off the collar and collar band, so I had to add some steps and change the order of my construction.
Changes: This dress is for...... yes, Erin, again. We found this pattern at Joann's while at the State Softball weekend. She liked the raglan sleeves, elastic in the sleeves for a ruched effect and the gathered wrap. She was not a fan of the collar, wanted to wear sweaters with the dress and thought the collar would get in the way.
So my changes:
- Sewed the center back seam
- Sewed the front and back sleeves together
- Stitched 1/8" elastic to the sleeve seam to make the ruching.
- Sewed sleeves to front and back
- Measured pattern pieces at neck edge and cross over, subtracted seam allowances. This measurement is to for the self-fabric band around the front crossover and neck edge. My fabric is very stretchy, so I subtracted 6" from the measurment for the band. I wanted the band to fit tight and pull the crossover to the body.
- I then marked quarters in the front band and the edge of the dress. I matched these points and now ready to serge the band to the dress. I placed the dress on the feed dogs of the serger. I like to be able to see the band and stretch it as I sew. Also, if it looks like I will have too much dress fabric, I can adjust the differential feed to pull up some of the dress fabric.
- Gather up the right front, matched it to the left front.
- Sew the underarm sleeve seam and side seam all in one.
- Hem and done.
Conclusion: I will sew this cute dress again, for me next time. It is a quick, stylish dress with some nice sleeve variations.
I have asked her for pictures when she wears an outfit I made. Just have a co-worker take a picture with her smart phone. I don't know if she will do that, so we will see.