Friday, July 10, 2009


Pattern Description: MISSES' DRESSES: Empire dresses A, B with close fitting, self-lined bodice, have princess seams, shoulder straps, gathered skirt with side zipper closing; dress A has ruffles; dress B has flowers.
I made the dress sans ruffles or flowers.

Pattern Sizing: 12-20. I made a size 16, but the bodice was too large and had to be altered.

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

Were the instructions easy to follow? Very easy, it took about 2 hours to make.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? No dislikes...I liked the princess seams on the bodice...made for easy FBA and fitting. I made my usual size 16 and had to take in the sides of the bodice by about an inch on each side.

Fabric Used: Sunny yellow linen blend from Hancocks...

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I used an invisible zipper and I cut the back bodice with a center seam due to a shortage of material. I did an FBA using the princess seams and added my standard 2 inches to the bodice length at the bust... I also added 3 inches to lower skirt.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, It makes a nice summer dress.


  1. Your dress. The color. The fit....All beautiful!

  2. Pretty.. pretty and the color looks great on you.

  3. Lynda,
    Two great looking maxis.

  4. Hi! I know that you made this dress almost a year ago, but you are the only person that's blogged about making this dress.

    Can you remember if you really needed the 60" width for this pattern or could you have gotten away with 45"?