Pattern Description: BWOF describes this dress as a "shirtwaister". I always think of June Cleaver when I think of a shirtwaist dress. The dress has a high waist and gathering under the bust. The sleeves can be rolled-up; I just didn't roll them up for the picture.
Pattern Sizing: European plus size: 46 - 52
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Basically, yes. I did not include the collar.
Were the instructions easy to follow? This dress has inseam pockets. The instructions got a little fuzzy when the pockets were addressed, so I went my own way when I reached that point.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? This dress has a high waist. This silhouette is good for people like me, afflicted with what I call NDW - No Discernible Waist. As always, BWOF has really nice design details. The long front pleats are sewn from the inside and top-stitched on the outside. I'd like to pause here and disclose some very personal information: I'm in love with my edge-stitch foot. (If I could only find a man I could love as much as I love my edge-stitch foot!) It allowed me to sew a narrow, yet consistent distance from the pleat – about 1/8 inch – with hardly any thought. The back darts have the same treatment. A strip is sewn inside the dart to support the top-stitching. (Next time, I'll remember to cut the strip on the bias to reduce the fraying.)
Fabric Used: A medium weight twill purchased from Vogue Fabrics' swatch club. This fabric was a pleasure to sew. It was much more stable than the last project, which ended up in the trash with no regrets.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:The original pattern had a collar. I didn't have enough fabric to include the collar. I don't know how that happened. I always, always always buy more fabric than I need. But somehow I didn't have enough for the collar. It wasn't a problem, because I didn't like the collar anyway. It was no sacrifice to give it up. I lengthened the bodice so that the high waist would be lower than my low bust line.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I really like this dress and I recommend it. I think it would flatter most body types.
Conclusion: This dress needs jewelry! I now have a reason to buy a new necklace with substance!