here is a picture of my completed dress I made it of a cotton print
my daughter's dress is the folkwear pattern
My biggest complaint is that the pattern will tell you to gather where marked, and there are no marks anywhere to be found. I don't know if it was just my copy or a mistake. It took some guess work, and I also relied on Janet Arnold's Patterns of Fashion 1. I would probably add some length to the bodice next time and not just the skirt, but that is a personal fitting issue. I will definitely use this pattern again, but not when I am rushed to complete a large number of items at once.
Last Edit: Dec 8, 2008 14:09:21 GMT -5 by missmardi
Post by Miss Credit on Dec 8, 2008 23:19:17 GMT -5
Your dresses turned out wonderful! I love the print and color of your dress, it looks wonderful on you. I really don't think you need to add any length to the bodice at all, from what I can tell it looks correct. I think the cut of garments then takes a little getting used to, but really it looks great.
Ps your daughter has beautiful hair! Is it naturally red?
I've used the pattern twice for bib front dresses, and I have then modified it for two other dresses. I am very pleased with the results! As Dawn mentions, the instructions are not very detailed, but if you look at those and at Arnold's bib front diagrams in Patterns of Fashion 1, it's not a huge deal.
The first time I made it, I just cut a size 8 and didn't make any changes:
My only problem was that the shoulder straps were a bit thin, sometimes sliding down so the straps of my stays would show (though I usually put in a tucker, so not a big deal).
Post by autumnlight on Mar 28, 2011 13:10:15 GMT -5
Hi, I just ordered this pattern last week and it should be here soon! I'm wondering what type of fabric would be good for this gown? I first found some silk I really liked and the price was decent, too, but then I saw some linen and I'm not sure which to get now!
Post by autumnlight on Apr 30, 2011 14:33:30 GMT -5
I hope I'm posting this in the right place, if not, I'm sorry. I got the pattern and finally was able to get around to making a mockup of the bodice in size 14 according to my measurements. When I tried it on, the back seems to be up quite high, is this how it is supposed to fit? It's also tight under and around the arm. I'm thinking of going up another size or I thought that maybe lengthening the shoulder straps could help. I know it's hard to tell what might be wrong without pictures, if need be, I'll try to get some!
After examining it while on, I realized that the shoulder seams were right at the top of my shoulders, so I'm lengthening them, to see if that helps.
Post by dawnluckham on May 1, 2011 16:46:38 GMT -5
The back of the gown is slightly higher than the front of the gown. This is normal. You want the gown to close comfortably in the front with no gaps. Keep in mind that the weight of the skirts will pull the bodice down somewhat. The shoulder seams should fit behind the shoulder.
Telling the truth (ugh): When I made this gown the first time I wore a ready to wear (off the rack) size 10 - I now wear a size 12/14. The size 16 pattern in this dress still fits.
Hi all, I'm new here. I've joined because I was searching for information about this pattern. I have it and am part way through and am up to pleating an gathering the skirt and have hit a problem. My skirt panels have no top markings. This means when I'm supposed to gather from this dot to that dot... I have no dots!
I need to gather the skirt centre back where marked and run gathering stitches on the front where marked. I'm not sure how active this forum is any more, but if someone reads this and has this pattern handy could they petty please do me a favour and tell me where these dots are? All I need is how far away they are (eg the dot for the back skirt is X inches away from the centre back) so I can transfer them to my pattern. I've emailed where I bought the pattern from but I'm not sure if a) they'll have patterns they can check for me and b) if the patterns they have have these printed at all.
Thank you so much in advance to anyone who can help me!