I’ve had my eye on this pattern since it debuted. Crossover front, full skirt, what’s not to like? It’s also unlined, with a side zipper. Since Hancock had a sale on cotton prints, this yellow dotted print came home with me to make this dress. I wore it to work for pictures of course and I’ve had some good responses. A VP walked by this morning and immediately complimented my “summery” look. A co-worker told me she sees yellow flowers when she looks at, but she likes it. And as I was walking out to lunch our receptionist mentioned I looked quite sunny on a very sunny day.
As a pattern review, This is another pattern where the finished garment sizes are odd. My bust falls under the smallest measurement (of course lol) but my waist went up to a size 12 (or more but we’re not going to talk about that). After calling my mom and insisting that I would not be buying a plus size pattern as a ready to wear size 0-4 (she laughed and said “You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.”), I decided to make a 6 in the bodice and fit it to the size 12 waistband.
I made View A. I did deviate from the instructions for the collar and waistband, simply because i dislike hand stitching. For the collar, I pressed the folded side to 3/8″ instead of 5/8″ and stitched in the ditch on the outside of the collar. I only had to slipstitch the corners to secure it. For the waistband I did the same thing and didn’t have to slipstitch at all. This pattern calls for fusible interfacing in the collar and waistband, however I used polyester organza. I did have to cut one side of the skirt at an “I’m going to make this fit” angle. I assume this is because cotton shrinks and I bought the yardage noted for a size 6. I don’t think it’s noticeable with the pattern on this fabric, and I let the skirt hang for a day before hemming and there was no noticeable stretching.