I was lucky enough to pattern test this and I’ve been wanting to show it off since! It’s the new Sewaholic Yaletown dress and blouse. I made the dress, mainly because I had enough fabric, but I do want to make the blouse at a later date. This fabric is a rayon from Darn Cheap Fabrics in Melbourne.
I love this dress: it has pockets and an elastic waist that’s hidden by the belt. I like that the facings are topstitched down, so they can’t flip out and I like the added button at centre front to stop the wrap from gaping. It such a pretty spring dress that I just need some nice weather to wear it in!
Sizing: 0-16 – the largest size fits (41-35-47)
What size did you make? I started with a sz 16 and needed to add about 6″ to the bust and waist. (I added 2″ from the FBA, 2″ from the wide back adjustment and another 4″ from grading it up.)
What adjustments did you make?
- Graded out to a sz 18 at the bust/waist–I added about 1/2″ to each side seam.
- 1″ FBA rotated down into gathers. A note on this: Don’t forget to adjust your front facings, as the FBA will change the shape of them.
|Front bodice – mark your apex and FBA lines|
|I did a basic 1″ FBA|
|True the centre wrap edge|
|Close the side dart, letting it open at the bottom of the bodice which is gathered|
|Slice and divide the dart evenly at the bottom of the bodice where it will be gathered. (I’ve coloured my slices in green)|
- 1″ wide back adjustment
- Took out 3cm of bodice length
- Shaped the bottom of the bodice. Once I had the bodice sewn I put it on, pinned out the gathers then marked a straight line around.
- For once I didn’t have to enlarge the sleeves so they are quite generous in size.
Fabric and Notions required: I didn’t use as much as what was recommended – about 3m of 160cm wide rayon.
Curvy Rating (1-5): 4 – I think its very flattering on a larger size, but it does take a bit of extra work to grade up. However, it does have pockets and is very comfy to wear, thanks to the elastic waist!
If Suzy’s review makes you yearn to try the Yaletown dress, you’re in luck! The lovely Tasia, of Sewaholic, has graciously offered a copy to giveaway to one Collective reader. Woohoo! To enter, just leave a comment below telling us about your favorite sewing technique. Do you live for the perfect FBA or love making self-made bias tape? Let’s chat about it!