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