Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Flower Power Continues with M5818
I started making this dress at Easter time. But because I was working on the prom and dinner dance dresses I hung it in the closet. Saturday afternoon, I decided to finish it, with only the hem, armholes and slit to complete. Here's my review.
Pattern Description: MISSES' LINED JACKET, DRESS AND PANTS: Lined jacket A has princess seams, welt pockets, flaps and sleeve with slit; lined dress B has front and back pleats, front and back darts, back zipper, back slit and topstitching detail, length is 1" above mid-knee; pants C have fly front, front, back darts and self-faced yoke, purchased belt.
Pattern Sizing:Sizes 4 to 20. I made size 14 with modifications.
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? The instructions are helpful and easy to follow. This is another Palmer Pletsch teaching pattern. It's has several pro, quick, and fit tips that will help with creating a more polished look while providing instructions on how to custom fit the pattern to your body shape and size. It's labeled classic fit - the perfect wardrobe. I'll probably make the jacket as well. The yoked pant design is similar as other wardrobe pattern. This version has a fly zipper front, instead of the back or side zipper.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked the classic lines of the dress with pleated neckline. I also like the collar on the jacket. There was nothing that I disliked about the construction or design of the dress. It's a perfect little summer dress that can be worn to work, church, or out to dinner.
Fabric Used: I purchased the fabric for the remnant's room at Vogue Fabric on Roosevelt for the cool price of $6.73. The weave looks like shantung, polyester shantung, that is. I have enough left over to a top.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I basically did my usual FBA, broad shoulder alteration, and added 2 inches to the length of the dress. I also added a bust darts.
Because of my prominent shoulder blades, I sewed darts at the back shoulder seam instead of following the design theme of pleats. Lately, I noticed that I need to make the armholes a little deeper about 1/2 inch at the side seam.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I may sew the dress again, later. For now I'd like to make the jacket. And yes, I would recommend it to others.
Conclusion: This is a good wardrobe pattern that has a lot of options for mixing and matching the coordinates. The instructions are good and will be of great help to those who want to understand how to create better fitting garments. Great wardrobe builder.