For my review, I constructed style #14 which is on page 74. I picked it because one couldn’t tell what the style looked like because it was cut in black fabric or close enough to black as to make no difference. Which reminds me, for fitting purposes, you should never cut a style in any dark color even if the final design takes said color. It is too difficult to see problems or fit issues in dark colors.
I cut this style in garage sale nasty fabric; its only saving grace being its light color -which I would describe as the decor du jour for US Army offices. Chairs, desks, walls, bookshelves -I tell you, this dress would fit right in. But I digress.
This pattern’s accuracy was amazing. I’m still shaking my head over it -the tucks were perfectly trued- not a particularly easy style to do that with either. It also bears mentioning that I did something wrong or at least I think I did. I don’t think the neckline was supposed to come out like it did on mine. Don’t chalk that up to the pattern or the book; I’m one of those people that don’t like to read the instructions mostly because they usually confuse me.
This particular style calls for a lining but I didn’t cut one since I only intended to do a mock up. I also didn’t cut the armhole facings, nor did I hem it. I think you can use your best judgement as to whether you decide on a lining. I only know that if I had intended to finish this off and I had included a lining, I would have finished the armholes with the lining itself rather than add an additional layer of facings. That’s the other thing -with all of those tucks, some layered on top of each other, this was a lot of layers to plow through. Unless you use a very thin fabric, you may have trouble sewing it on a home machine due to layer thicknesses and also feeding. I used my needle feed which makes short work of things like this but not everyone has a machine ideally suited for this sort of work.
One technical note: the pattern has tuck lines which one is to use in folding. I wasted a lot of time trying to transfer these markings so I’ll tell you not to bother. Really. If you fold the tucks in such fashion as to align smoothly along the neck edge (this may not make sense since you lack context but it will be obvious once you work on this one), the tuck lines are completely unnecessary. I lost a day trying to manage it, no need for you to too. Again, the tucks are trued perfectly so marking those fold lines in the body of the garment won’t be the best expenditure of your time. In my opinion that is, your mileage may vary.
One last thing I’d like to mention. When I finished the style, I put it on the form and it just hung as you see it. There was no off-camera styling involved nor any strategically placed hidden pins. The back in particular, is just gorgeous. There is a larger version of the photo if you want a closer look.
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