I think this may be a sign of a very happy customer. My sis is really loving her new dress. You see, I have not sewn for her in so long, she was just giddy as can be after getting into her dress. She even came over already styled to the "T" ready to put in on and go have fun.
I am always glad to ablige. It is such a joy to sew for my sis and my Mom. So, I think inside I was grinning just at much has she. I used the Simplicity 2406 pattern. Here you will see my pattern review.
6-14 and up. I made a size 14 for my sister.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
It really did look the same as the envelope. As for the length, my sister is 5'2", so the short length worked for her with a 1 1/4" hem, for anyone taller, beware, the dress is short.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The pattern instructions were spot on....however, a disclaimer...you MUST layout the pattern pieces for the sleeves "exactly" as shown on the instruction sheet, or you will put them in wrong. I didn't have a problem, however, for a beginner, again I repeat, layout the pieces as instructed...and make sure to clearly mark all dots and sewing points.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I did not like the use of a thread loop for the closure. I used a hook and eye. The button thing is old school to me, RTW used the hook and eye on most things like this...at least the ones I have seen.
My sister was very, very happy with the fabric selection and the color. We found this silky poly woven at Hancock, last on the bolt. So we had to save fabric by lining the "self lined" sleeves with regular lining fabric.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I sewed the pattern as shown, minus the pockets and plus underlining because of the sheerness of the fabric. For the hem, the dress and lining were folded up as one and machine blindstitched to the lining.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I will be making the same dress for myself...maybe with pockets. These sleeves are the best design detail about this dress. I love the sleeves.
My sis was extremely happy with the outcome of the dress. She participated in the construction the best she could, under my direct hand-holding instruction.. (This is the requirement when sewing for my family, is for them to help. Or else, they may very well be waiting as much as years to get there outfits.) LOL!! They know the drill.