Can I just say: Come through Sandra, come through! LOL. I absolutely and positively love this dress. It's comfortable, especially seeing that I raised my "V-neck". Hey! I have three little people, and one toddler who loves to grab at mommy's clothes,lol! I ended up wearing this for brunch for Mother's day- minus the shoes, though! LOL! I love me a heel, but I live for comfort :)...
If someone has this fabric and could verify this, this would be awesome! I know it's a stretch fabric, though. I was a little worried about using "neoprene", as this was my first go with this fabric type. The worries were unwarranted- seeing as the fabric behaved quite well; Thank goodness!
Clean finished facing. I got this tip from a Sandra Betzina video.
I love this method for interfaced facings. It gives the facing such a neat and
Let's talk about sizing. I was all set for the size, based on the back of the envelope, but this pattern has a ton of ease. Like a ton! I believe I went with a size D, and this gave me plenty of ease, but without it being too big Sandra's patterns are sized using letters- versus numbers.I was new to all of this, just like a fish out water. LOL! Y'all, I had to adjust! I kept looking for numbers, ya know?! But there were none :).
However, when I sewed it up, and tried on the garment. The fit was just right. I'm afraid if I had used "my size" range for the bust, which would have put me in the size E.
Then the dress would have not fit great; it would have been much too big, based on the finished measurements. Although the dress is meant to have a lot of ease, I didn't want it to be an over abundance of ease. I mean, a dress designed such as this can get really unflattering fast, especially if it looks frumpy. However, all of the ones that I've seen thus far of this pattern, have be FABULOUS!
Like, if you're wanting a body con- then this certainly wouldn't be your thing. I love it! I know, I know. I've been saying a lot, but it's true. This pattern is all that! I wouldn't be surprised if I saw this vote best pattern over on PR this year.
I initially started out with the longer length, but after trying it on, it felt a little frumpy. I mean this is a loose fitting dress, so I needed a little oomph, ya know?! So, to compromise, I chopped off about 2" of the bottom of the dress, and we were back in business again. It still allowed me to show a little leg, and to wear a heel without the dress becoming much too short for me.
I also thought about leaving off the pockets. The horror I know,lol! I'm so glad that I didn't, because the pockets are such a cool detail in this dress. The pockets are essentially sewn on top of the inside of the dress and concealed, and topstitched on the outside.
I totally forgot to make sure the print was even on the side. It's a little off,
but not enough to cause me to lose sleep :)....
What else?! Okay, so besides altering the V-neck to raise the neckline, and clean finishing the facing. I also cut my back pattern piece on the fold to not disturb the print in the fabric. I think Sandra mentions this in the instructions, but don't quote me,HA! I'm feeling much too lazy to dig out my pattern instructions in my sewing room..Y'all, that would never get old. I promise pictures, soon, though!
I cut the back pattern piece on the fold, so I wouldn't disturb the
print in the back.
I would certainly recommend this pattern, and I'm glad to have this one in my wardrobe for sure. I know this will get plenty of wear. Now, to find another suitable fabric, and I'll be all over this one again :). I do have a question: Is neoprene, the same as scuba fabric? Let me know y'all!
I know that there are so many great patterns and prints that I've been seeing lately. This neoprene, is lightweight and definitely comfortable, so hopefully I can another fabric type like this one again. I hope everyone had a great Mother's day weekend!