Sunday, April 4, 2010
Easter Dress Vogue 8380 Pattern Review
Pattern Description: Mid-knee length dress has casing and tie variation, upper and lower sections gathered into waist inset, side zipper.
Pattern Sizing: The pattern is available in sizes 4-18. I made a 16 with some adjustments.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.
Were the instructions easy to follow? This dress was super easy to make and I didn't have any problems with the instructions.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the unique neckline with the straps running through it. I like the gathered bodice and skirt look. I don't have any dislikes.
Fabric Used: A linen or linen blend from Joann Fabrics. I love sewing with linen because it is easy to use and has a great feel to it when wearing the finished garment. But it frays badly. To combat this, I sew the seam with a straight stitch and press the seam open. I then go down each edge of the seam allowance with a zig-zag stitch.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I read all of the reviews on Pattern Review before making this dress and many of them said that the waist inset was a little too snug. I cut the inset at a size 18 instead of the 16 that I made on the rest of the dress. This made the inset feel comfortable. I also read a suggestion on one of the reviews to start gathering 4 inches away from the side seams. I did this on all the gathering. It reduced the bulk on the sides and creates a nice look. I also hemmed the dress by 2 inches instead of the standard 1 1/4".
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I don't think I will sew this one again but I would recommend it. It is very easy and went together quickly.
Conclusion: This was a perfect Spring dress. I love the dress made in linen- it was the perfect weight. And I love the color I chose. The empire shape was very flattering.
Here is the finished look:
Here is how I wore it to church today- with a crochet cardigan over it: