The pattern is the "pocket full of posies dress" by Blank Slate Patterns. I don't even know where I stumbled across this pattern but somehow it ended up on one of my Pinterest boards. I was attracted to it as I LOVE a dress with big pockets (or any pockets) and it's designed for knits...and I love knits. Whilst I'm loving sewing my Coco dresses I don't want to be a one trick pony and I thought this pattern would allow me to mix things up a bit.
The fabric is a fluke find from Lincraft and it's so ugly that it's fabulous. It feels fantastic and I'm kinda cross with myself that I didn't save this for a "proper dress" rather than a toile. SO. MUCH. REGRET.
Overall I think I like the concept of this dress...but it's a bit long, and possibly shapeless on me. I went for the longer version as I'm fairly tallish...but I think it has made the dress a bit too frumpy. I "could" cut the band off and shorten the dress but that does seem like a lot of effort. I think it'll most likely become an "around the house dress". I initially sewed the largest size but I took it in from about the bust down the hem - leaving the sleeves and underarms the same size as the pattern suggests.
I really love the pockets. They are HUGE and came together fairly easily although I think the pattern needed a few extra steps for me to make it a really simple sew. Lucky Dave was home when I was sewing this as he stepped in to help work out which way things where supposed to go in the absences of enough photos/pattern instructions for me.
Like I said the pockets are HUGE! Not only can you have a pocket full of posies, you can pop your handheld vaccuum clenaer in there, your pot plants...heck forget about using a handbag! You don't need it with these mammoth pockets.
There are quite a few layers to sew through at the front of the dress when attaching the neckline due to the four pleats and also where the center front attaches to the pocket facing thingy-ma-jiggy. Or is it where the side pieces attach to the pocket facing thingy-ma-jiggy and then that attaches to the centre front? Whatever...it's just BULKY is what I'm trying to say. And bulky = whoopy-all-over-the-place sewing.
There is also some drooping at the front of the neckband which you can see below. I'm thinking that this is because it's too loose? Seriously people, what is the problem here as I do have this issue A LOT.
If you look closely you can also see that bulkiness of the pleats and that the side piece/pocket piece/center front (or whatever piece attaches to whatever) probably need to be topstiched down - but the pattern doesn't mention this from memory so it didn't get done. I think this is adding to the bulk.
So there you have it. The dress fits, and is a fairly easy sew, but needs to be shortened if I make it again and also taken in a bit. I also need to take my time and sew it a bit neater.
What do you think - should I give it another whirl?