Thursday, July 16, 2009


Pattern Description:
Misses Knit Dress
Pattern Sizing:
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
I don't think so because of the changes I made.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Very easy.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the overall silhouette of the design.
Fabric Used:
I think it's a lightweight polyester knit but as with most of the Walmart fabrics the end of the bolt said "fiber of unknown origin".
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I made a 1" FBA and rotated the subsequent dart to the center front but it wasn't enough. When I sewed the 1 1/4" seam under the bust, the seam was much higher than it should have been. Also I realized that the elastic under the bust was either not age appropriate or was just not a good look on me. I removed the elastic and unpicked the casing. I resewed the under bust seam at 1/4" and really liked how it looked. Not only did I omit the facing pieces, I threw them away. For the life of me I could not figure out why I would ever need or use them. I simply turned under the 5/8" seam allowance and stitched it down. No extra bulk and lays very flat. I omitted the waist tie. I also ruched the center front the same depth as the amount added after rotating the dart. To take it up another notch I added a bow tie.
Then I took about 4" out of the hemline. I really like this dress now. I think the fabric print and the silhouette are very retro. And lastly I added a couple of tucks at the back waist to give it a bit more shaping.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I will certainly sew this again I think it might wind up being my TNT simple knit dress pattern. If you have a large bust I'm not sure it would be a good look with the elastic but who knows.
I think it's time for me to dig through my stash to see what other fabrics I have available to make another one of these. I also have to get to work on the the latest pair of Painter's Tape slacks. Until next time...


  1. What a gorgeous dress! I love the fabric, those are fantastic colors on you!

  2. Totally cute dress! Empire waist dresses are flattering to many shapes. Nice job.

  3. Love the fabric, love the fit!

  4. I love the dress. You look like a professional model!

  5. Love the dress, the changes you made really make it stand out. Thanks for the tip on the front fly zipper.

  6. The fabric makes the dress!!

  7. You like fantastic! The fabric is so flattering. I agree with Julia,"You look like a professional model."

  8. I thought I left a comment here! I must not have saved it or something. Anyway, I think the dress came out well! Nice job!