Fabric used: White broderie anglaise. Recommended fabrics are Cottons, Chambray, Lawn, Quilting, Rayon, Viscose, Crepe, Silk, Satin, Sateen..anything summery!
How is the sizing? OK, I understand this is supposed to be a loose fit but I found it too loose and had to size down. The pattern comes in sizes EU 34 – 46 (approx. UK 6 – 14/16). Not that size inclusive.
How clear are the instructions? I found them clear, no issues.
Is it worth buying? If you don’t already have a shirt dress with gathered dress in your stash it’s definitely worth having. The neckline is lovely, the rest is pretty similar to lots of existing patterns out there.
The PDF pattern went together fine, I’m normally off by few millimetres but I find the same with other pattern companies. I went for the full on gathered version of the dress, View A in white broderie anglaise I bought in Spain. The pattern calls for 3 metres of fabric, I only had 2. The extra fabric is needed for the gathering. If you are happy with some subtle gathering, you can make it work with less than 3m.
In terms of construction, if you made dresses before this will be a fairly easy make. The collar and the front facing came together easily and I was very pleased with the fit of the sleeves. I had to make the skirt longer, I found the pattern a bit too short (I’m 165cm tall, 5’5) . The biggest challenge was all the gathering – not my favourite job! I didn’t line this dress, I wear a viscose slip instead. It will be a good beach cover up too, simply throw over the swimsuit and head to the bar (hopefully, one day).
I like to make classic pieces and also the latest trends, just like this dress. I think if you remove the gathered sleeves, it becomes a simple summer dress so I might do that in a few years time..if I don’t spill ketchup all over it by then!