The envelope reads - Very loose-fitting, pullover dress has very narrow hem finish on neckline and armholes, front and back pleats, inside button/buttonholes forming drape and three adjustable lengths, French seams, and narrow hem. Purchased cord stopper and elastic cord form front drape.
Contrary to the look of the cover, the pattern is not for a short tunic and a longer dress. Rather, it's the same dress with a buttonhole at the hemline and three buttons on the inside along each side seam allowing the wearer to button the hem up to the level they want. It's definitely VERY loose-fitting. I cut a size 14 at the shoulders and chest merging to a size 18 at the hips which equals 43 1/2" at the bust, 56 1/2" at the waist, and 84" at the hip. Ease is a factor of the dress's style but I'll be intrigued to see when I sew the muslin if I actually need that much hip/waist or whether I could go down to a straight size 14.
The pattern pieces made me giggle. They are curvy like me - very. In the instructions, the bottoms are hemmed separately before sewing French seams at the side equal to a 3/4" seam allowance. I've used that technique before on a skirt and it's great for shaped bottoms.
The layout only calls for a 60" wide fabric. There isn't a 45" wide option. I want something cheerful to wear to the wedding and for my Back To Ashland wardrobe. The fabric above is a fuchsia with black, fairly stable, knit. The stripes are selvage to selvage rather than lengthwise but I don't think that'll be a problem. It's wide enough to cut the other way. I'll debate this and other options while sewing the muslin but whatever I choose will come from stash. I'm saving my pennies for my trip.
With two pieces, this is a simple sew. The pleat and button details and the narrow 3/8" hem at the armholes and neckline are where the work is. Right now - if I use this fabric - I'd bind the neck and armholes and skip the French seams especially with the way the garment folds up and under and make the bottom buttonholes in the seamline instead of beside it. LOL - we'll see what actually happens after the muslin.
Talk soon - Myrna
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