This is a belated pattern review. I made this dress back in August, just days before my summer vacation. I've worn it 4 times in the past 2 months and I can honestly say I loooove this dress! It's one of those patterns where it's hard to see what it really looks like in the model photo, and I don't think the line drawing is a good representation of how the dress looks on an actual human body.
At the riad in Morocco
50/50 cotton/silk woven from my local fabric store.
Notes on construction/alterations
This dress pattern is one of BWOF's petite offerings. In regular-sized patterns I tend to remove a bit of length between my waist and hip, so I just used the petite pattern as is with no adjustments.
As you can see, I lengthened the dress to floor-length, since I was really wanting a maxi-dress. To do this and still end up with a managable sized pattern piece, I removed some of the flare from the skirt during tracing. I just over-guesstimated the length so I'd have plenty to work with when hemming.
This is what happens when you're in a hurry and you don't make a muslin. Makes you shudder, doesn't it? Let me tell you, I freaked out when I tried on the dress-in-progress and saw this. Do you know why this happened? Because the V-neckline is cut on the bias, and I didn't stabilize it ahead of time.
Thankfully I was able to save it. I fused a 1/2" strip of interfacing to where I planned the new (wider, lower) neckline. In addition to restitching the neckline, I also scooped out more from the front center seam, a sort of small bust alteration, if you will.
Two rows of stitching hold the gathers at the shoulder line, and the back shoulder strap is gathered onto the back bodice.
The dress is very close-fitting between the bust and waist (something else I would have known if I had made a muslin). If I make this again, I'll go up a size.
This could have easily landed in the wadder pile; thank goodness it didn't, it's been one of my favorite sewn pieces recently. I'd consider making this again now that I've got the bodice fit down!