Only 2 months after it started, I finally
finished my Lisette Continental Dress
, part of the CurlyPops fabulous Sew-Along
. To be fair (to me!) I was not able to begin my dress until the end of March.
I am not that happy with the sizing on the pattern, it is very confusing. The pattern measures up quite big - it is a roomy dress. It needs to be roomy to get it on and off, as there is no zipper. My bust measured up for a size 12, and my hips and waist measured between sizes 15-16. I measured the actual pattern pieces, and there appeared to be enough room for me to cut out a size 14 of the dress. I used a fabric I was not that bothered with, just in case it did not work. My gamble paid off - the size 14 is good on me, a little roomy actually, so I could probably make the size 12 next time.
I adjusted as I sewed, trying it on after each step. I took 1.5cm off the shoulder seams and a similar amount off the armholes as they were gaping (I tapered the seam like Cam
did in this post
There were some very helpful instructions with the pattern to make it a multi-size, if you did measure up differently for bust, waist and hips, I chose to ignore these this time as I liked trying on as I sewed, adjusting to my actual body. I noted all the adjustments on my pattern, so when I make the dress again, it will be even quicker.
I did find it a very easy dress to sew. It comes together so quickly. I added belt loops too, I thought this was a good idea Cam
. I want to add some pockets, they would be very handy.
It is very comfortable to wear. I will have to make some more as Hong Kong is starting to heat up, it feels like summer is here already - but I know it will get warmer still.
Thank you to the Shropshire boy for taking these photos of me in my new dress. I am wearing it as I type this, it is so comfy.
Thank you to Cam from CurlyPops
for holding this sew-along. I have finally made some thing for me!
Have a great weekend. Cat