This is Simplicity 1804, view D. I am calling this the Roy Lichtenstein dress because the rose print has a dotted pattern in it that reminds me of the artists work. You cannot see it in any of the photos but the fabric does have a subtle layer of silver shimmer on it.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?Yes!
Were the instructions easy to follow?They were easy to follow even though I didn’t like some of the things they said to do.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?I really like it other than the way the directions have you finish the drape I have raw edge showing on mine, which is okay since the fabric does not fray, but I still don’t like the finished look of it. I should have did a fitting prior to cutting because the bodice length was a little to short to cover my chest. Luckily you cannot tell with the way the skirt drapes down. I like the versatility of the draped front ties, they can either go around the neck like the drawing shows or tied in the center front like on the model.
Fabric Used:I used 3 yd 27″ of what I am calling a Roy Lichtenstein inspired rose print. I don’t know the exact fabric type as I got it from work but it is a Spandex of some variety. I also used 2 yds of white swimwear lining.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:The biggest change I made, which also caused problems, was that I i
nterlined all the pieces except the front facing. The printed fabric was so thin you could almost see through it and therefore needed lined. The problem with this is that when doing the bodice portion I was sewing through 5 layers of fabric and elastic in some spots and broke a needle because it was so thick. I opted out of adding the elastic to the bottom of the bodice because of the thickness of that seam.
Conclusion: I was sure I was not going to like this dress while sewing because of the issues I had, but once I was done and had it on I instantly changed my mind and am now excited to wear it!