There have been a lot of reviews on this particular pattern and many different versions. The first time I followed the pattern to a T and didn't do any type of alterations, just a couple of design changes. The first change was not to include a zipper. Because I was making this dress in a knit, I didn't think I needed it. I also chose not to line the dress. My fabric selection was a black Ponte and a Rayon knit in an animal print. The black Ponte was purchased from Hancock fabrics and the animal print was purchased from Michael Levine's. They both were great selections to create this dress! The first time I made it I chose to put the animal print both in the front and the back of the dress. This turned out to be a mistake on my part! I really didn't like the look on me, not that it was wrong or a bad choice, I just did not like the look for myself. I really didn't think this one through based on my style. Don't get me wrong I love the style of the dress, I just didn't like the way I put it together for me.
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Also, I made this dress size 10-12 which is my usual in a knit...however this dress pattern runs a little short, (actually a lot short!) I would've preferred it to be a little bit longer and should have checked the ending length before cutting the fabric! So I set out to remake this dress immediately with a couple of changes. The first change was to make the back of the dress all black. The second change was to make the dress longer. I'm not sure these changes actually made me feel any better!
I guess this dress just wasn't meant to work out for me and now I have two of them! YIKES! I'll give myself some time and decide if I'll keep either of them...I'll just put them in the closet for now and revisit them again sometime in the future. But I have to ask...which one do you all think is a better look on me??
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Please excuse the "headless horseman" photos! I wanted to get some posts up quickly and didn't have time to fix up for my photos! Anxious to hear your thoughts!
By the way, I did get to go to Pennie Textiles (Fabrics) in Sarasota last Sunday and boy, oh boy did I really want to spend my life savings on fabric! I really and literally did not know what to choose! It was like being at a Mood Fabric store physically! I got to meet with the owner Nasir Mahmud...what a very nice man! He does have a nice place, small, but very nice! They're moving mid July of this year to a bigger place (still in Sarasota) so it will still be in our area. There new address will be 8864 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL. Here's shots of a few of my purchases...
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I can't wait to go back, first I have to start getting some of the fabric I already have sewn up!
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on my dresses above, until next time...