I'm excited to make my first item from the My Image Fall/Winter 2011 magazine! I love this pattern magazine because its designs are so wearable and they include a lot of designs for knits. This one is style 1157.
Pattern Description: Long sleeved princess style dress with a gathered front inset.
Pattern Sizing: European sizes 36-44. I made size 42, which is about a US size 12 in RTW.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? No, I don't think that the line drawing portrayed the center front correctly. It's only gathered on one side, and the line drawing looks like it is gathered on both sides.
Were the instructions easy to follow? The only problem that I had was with where to match the notches on the front panels. There were too many notches!! I originally must have chosen the wrong ones to match the center front panel with the side front panel, as the neckline came to below my bra line. I actually thought about just turning it around and wearing it as a dress with an extremely low back. But, modesty got the best of me, and I decided to rip it out, and place it about 6 inches higher this time.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I thought it was figure flattering, but appropriate for work.
Fabric Used: A violet rayon jersey. A difficult fabric to work with because it is so stretchy.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I lengthened the dress 3 inches, and the sleeves 2 inches. I also raised the neckline higher than intended.
I also eliminated the back facing. I ironed a fusible bias tape interfacing to the back, and just turned under and topstitched it in place.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, but I would just ignore the notch markings on the center front panel, and use your own judgement of where to gather, and where to place it on the side front panel. But overall, I love the fit from this company, and recommend them.
You can order this issue from this here.