Pattern: Vogue V1120, by DKNY
Pattern Sizing: AA(6-8-10-12), E5(14-16-18-20-22). I cut size 22.
Description: Loose-fitting, A-line dress has front and back stitched pleats, lined raglan sleeves with stitched pleats, back neck slit with fabric button loop closure, tie ends at side back seams, side seam pockets and hem facing. Length is 1″ above mid-knee.
Fabric: Black Dotted Swiss, 100% cotton; Tahari Satin, 97% polyester, 3% spandex
Did it look like the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? It certainly did.
Were the instructions easy to follow? This was the first garment that I had made using one of the Big Four pattern companies. The instructions were very straight-forward.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I had read that this pattern had a lot of ease, but wanted to ere on the side of caution, so I cut size 22. I think I may have been able to go with a size smaller, and still have a flattering effect.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: Because the fabric that I chose is slightly transparent, I added a lining. I wasn’t exactly sure how to approach this, so the dress is fully lined. I may go back, and remove the lining from the sleeves, as it adds a little too much body and bunches slightly at the end of the sleeve. Also, quite by accident, I omitted the back neck slit.
I made a muslin, and fit it with the stay stitches around the neck pleats in place, so when I removed them on the actual garment, the fit was off. The neckline was way too droopy, so I resewed the stay stitches, and added about a dozen more small pleats to get the desired shape. Had a used a smaller size, this may have been avoided.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I really like the dress, but I don’t think I need add another to my wardrobe. I would highly recommend the pattern.