Neue Mode 23061 Review

Neue Mode M23061Pattern Description: 

A knit V-neck, A-line dress with raised back neck with long sleeves or cap sleeves, back zip. Choosen as a best bet by Threads magazine author Patricia Moyes for Fall 2003/Winter 2004. See issue #110.

Pattern Sizing:
I made a size 46(20) which corresponds to a bust of 104 cm or 41 inches. When I traced the pattern, my high bust was 41 inches. I’ve since lost weight, and my high bust is 39.75 inches. This may be part of my problems with this dress. A size 44(18) is for a bust of 39.5 inches (100 cm).

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, it did.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, except that I found the instructions for the inset corner confusing. Once I understood what they were talking about & showing me in the little picture, it was easy to do.

neue mode M 23061 knit dressWhat did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
LIKE: It’s easy to sew. I like the cap sleeves, v-neck, and long skirt.

DISLIKE: A zipper? It doesn’t need a zipper.
DISLIKE: It grabs my tummy, and I really don’t want to have that roll of fat grabbed.

Fabric Used:
A rayon/poly/lycra knit from *surprise* Joann’s.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I did an FBA and left the extra width in at the waist, adding same extra width for the hips.

I left off the zipper.

Next time, I’ll make the v-neck less deep; it’s really deep. I’ll shorten the skirt; it’s really long.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I don’t know if I would sew it again. It’s easy to sew, and the bodice fits me well. I don’t think it’s as flattering as I would like my sewn things to be. I want people to exclaim, “You MADE that? It looks FANTASTIC!” Maybe a print would hide the tummy roll.

I do recommend it, especially if you don’t have the tummy roll. It’s so easy to sew. It doesn’t need the zipper.

Conclusion

It’s a comfortable, easy-to-sew dress.

 

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