Wearing History Test Pattern Success!

April 28, 2011

Lauren graciously picked me to be a pattern tester for the new “Tea At Two” pattern in her shop.

My in-depth review of the construction process can be found here, here and here. The following review will be posted to the Wearing History site and to Pattern Review in the very near future, but the great folks at Sew Retro get to see it first!

The “Robin Hood” Dress

Pattern Description: Mid 1930s Day or Afternoon Dress

Pattern Sizing: Size Pack B- Size 18-20-22

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
YES!!! See?

Were the instructions easy to follow? Sort of. Since the instructions are from the 1930s, they may or may not make sense to a modern sewer. I had a little issue with the bodice instructions especially the bound buttonholes/facing bit, but even those were surmountable once I put my bi-focals on.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I LOVE, love love love love, LOVE how the pattern pieces fit together *perfectly*. Anyone who has ever had to deal with a mismatched pattern will know what I’m talking about. Also, the value for the money is EXCELLENT. The paper is a nice heavy paper that I can make my alterations on directly rather than trace it off then blahblahblah. Or worse pay through the nose to have the whole affair copied onto heavy paper so I can make my alterations. Very much a win, here.


Dislikes? The pattern instruction sheet. Especially the fact that the short sleeve version instructions were on the very last page. It would have been more intuitive to have them up front.
Fabric Used: Faux stretch microsuede. The up side? It doesn’t ravel. The down side? You can’t iron it. But it looks KILLER in person.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Graded up in size a bit and shortened the skirt length by 1.5″ because I’m chronically short.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes and Yes. I am making it in white as soon as I get done with this week and I will gladly shout it from the rafters what a great pattern it is.

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