Hello, dear readers!
I’m happy to share one of my favorite patterns — the Decades Everyday E.S.P. Dress!
Decades Everyday is a “microline of patterns by Decades of Style.” These are quick and easy patterns influenced by vintage designs. They are super quick makes that live up to their slogan: “Sew in a day and wear every day!”
The E.S.P. Dress is the first pattern in the Decades Everyday line. It evokes designs of the early 1960’s with a square neckline, raglan sleeves and a gathered skirt. It has few pattern pieces and is fast and easy to put together and can be sewn in a variety of fabrics. I’ve made this pattern in silk linen and cotton voile, but quilting cotton is my favorite option for the E.S.P. Dress. It’s a great canvas for prints and the stiffer cottons seem to work really well to keep the dress shape.
Pattern Name: Decades Everyday E.S.P. Dress No. 101
Size Range: Bust sizes 30″ to 46″
What size did you make? Graded up one size to a 48″ bust.
What are your…
- Measurements: 48-41-52
- Body Shape: Pear-ish/Spoon
- Height: 5’8
- Bra Size: 44D
What adjustments did you make and how long did they take? Other than grading up and adding some length to the skirt, I followed the suggested instructions for my first three, only adding a slight swayback adjustment. The last one I made in cotton voile (with the Boston Terriers/French Bulldogs) is lined with cotton batiste. I have yet to cut the full width of the gathered skirt as my chosen fabrics have been narrow widths and I haven’t had enough fabric to cut the skirts to the full lengths. Therefore, the skirts are not as full as the pattern suggests, which doesn’t matter as much with a gathered skirt, but doesn’t give the fully designed shape.
What was the construction process like? Did the instructions make sense to you? The construction process is a breeze. This is easy to cut out and a quick sew. The instructions are easy to follow and comprehend. There’s nothing confusing about this pattern and a beginning sewist can definitely try this pattern. It’s truly a dress you can make in a day.
How did you like the pattern’s fit? Do you think the design works well for your body shape? I love the fit of this dress. It’s super comfortable and a great dress to wear. I didn’t have to make any adjustments to the sleeves as I generally have to with other patterns. The gathered skirt probably makes my full tummy more prominent, but this doesn’t bother me and these are the types of dresses that I feel most comfortable in, and that’s what matters to me.
Will you make this pattern again? If so, what fit or design changes will you make? Well, I’ve already made it four times this year, so there’s no doubt that I will make another (or two….or three). One thing I did notice was that although the higher neckline was fine for cooler weather, in warm temps it tends to bother me, so if I sew another E.S.P. dress to wear between now and October, I will lower the neckline an inch or so.
Do you have any advice on this pattern for other curvy sewers? Are there any resources or materials that helped you sew this piece up? If you have a full bust, this is probably a pattern you’d want to make a bodice muslin of first. I haven’t seen this pattern on a busty gal yet, so I’m not sure how the raglan sleeves will work. I’ve become a fan of raglan sleeves and the shape of these sleeves suits me. I used this method to grade this dress up to fit me.
Pattern Rating (1-5):
- Size Range: 4
- Instructions: 5
- Construction Process: 5
- Final Fit: 5
- Overall Rating: 4.75
This pattern does go into smaller plus sizes, but does not have a wide range that would work for a variety of sizes. However, with the small amount of pattern pieces and the quality of the initial sizing, it is easily graded up and I had no issues with the fit. The instructions and diagrams are easy to follow and would be attainable by a novice. The pattern pieces fit well together and are well drafted. This is definitely a pattern that I will be making more dresses with. It was actually difficult to tear myself away from this one as it’s such a fast sew and I love wearing these dresses.