I know, I know, everyone has sewn this dress. Two years ago. But, I was feeling left out, and two years ago I didn’t sew at all, so I gave it a go recently. Here is my version. (The original pattern cover can be seen here)I did read about other people sewing this dress on other blogs and I read about fitting issues and some other tweaks that people make to this pattern, so I cut a size smaller than I normally would have so that I could learn from other people’s mistakes. I must have read incorrectly because boy, did I over-compensate. I cut this dress a size too small. I left NO room for overlap on the front panels.
I ended up sewing little rectangles of bias tape to extend the panels of the circle skirt so that I could both wear the dress and breathe at the same time. I also put some cloth covered buttons on the rectangle to cover the stitching on the sew-on snaps I used as fasteners.
I think that separating the panels like that actually adds something nice to the dress. It allows you to see the edges of the bias tape and the fitted skirt better. I like the mistake – which doesn’t always happen.
The one thing I don’t like about the dress is the front panel. I like the way it looks, but it floats all around and bunches up and it makes the dress generally impractical for walking, sitting or moving at all. But if you fuss with it, then stand perfectly still, you can take some nice photos of it. I did find other people complaining about this same issue… but only after I sewed mine. I am thinking of ways to keep the front panel from floating and bunching. The only thing I can think of at the moment is sewing a knit fabric to the back of the dress (the part under the circle skirt) – It would also have the added bonus of covering my bum because this dress feels really strange to sit down in. Because the back panel separates, it feels (but thankfully, it doesn’t look) like you are completely exposing your rear.
Anyone have any other suggestions for tacking down the panels? I know a TON of people have made the dress, so I am hoping someone has a good solution. Other than total impracticality caused by the bunching issue, I really love the dress.