Please see my review below
Pattern ReviewPattern Description:
Very close-fitting, lined dress has right armhole and left side gathers, lower left side seam with slit, back-V, bateau neckline, invisible zippers at back and sleeve seams, and train. Optional: Beaded trim.
14 to 22
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
For the most part. I decided not to install the sleeves.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
It was straight forward. There was some confusion with the lining, but I figured it out.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked everything about the pattern.
Stretch Velvet from Vogue Fabrics; Lining Interlock
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I decided to make this dress for my Company's Holiday Party. The train was a little too long for this event so I ditched it. Initially I cut out all of the pattern pieces. During my first fitting I decided not to install the sleeves.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would not sew this pattern again. Maybe if I renew my wedding vows. I would definitely recommend this pattern to others.
This was my first time making a formal dress. At first I was horrified. I loved the entire experience. I installed my first zipper and first lining. Not to mention out of all fabrics I decided to use Velvet. This dress took some time to make. I hand basted every step before sewing it on my sewing machine. I decided to shorten the dress and leave off the sleeves. This dress has armhole and side gathers. I ruffled the armhole and side gathers with my sewing machine and applied the stay tape. Despite the stay tape it did not stay put. Finally I ruffled the armhole and side by hand. The lining was hand sewn. Check out the pics from my adventure here, here, here, here, here, and here.