Pattern name: Patterns for Pirates Wiggle Dress
Size range (with measurements): XXS-Plus 3X (Bust Sizes 30” – 54”)
What size did you make? Plus 1X
What are your measurements, height, and body type? Full Bust 47″, High Bust 42.5”, waist 39″-41”, hip 48″, Body Shape: Celloish Apple, Height: 5’7″, Bra size: 38F
What adjustments did you make and how long did they take?: None.
What was the construction process like? Did the instructions make sense to you?: The construction process is super easy. Sleeves sewn flat, hems finished with a double needle, and elastic used in the neckline to stop gaping.
How do you like the pattern’s fit? Do you think the design works well for your particular body shape?: I was really unsure of if I would be comfortable enough to wear this out. I never really wear body conscious garments, as I don’t feel very confident in them personally. I’ve been told that they just don’t work with my mildly apple body type. I’ve been trying to branch of out what is considered flattering, and just wear what I like. So I decided to help test this, in the hopes that I would actually find a wiggle dress liked wearing. I think I did! Full disclosure, I am wearing spanx in this photos, as I prefer a smoother silhouette. I feel very comfortable and think the pattern ending up working very well for me. During testing a bit more ease was added in the upper end of the sizes for larger stomachs and butts- which made a big difference fit wise for me. I made two versions. The first was a midi with long sleeves and the high back out of a scuba knit. The second being an above the knee version, off the shoulder, with long sleeves made out of a burnout stretch velvet, lined in a swim knit.
Will you make the pattern again? If so, what fit or design changes will you make?: Both versions I made ended up with VERY different feels, and there’s even more options in the pattern I would love to try. The crop top and the full length mermaid gown being the next two I’d love to make.
Do you have any advice on this pattern for other curvy sewers? Are there any resources (blog posts, fitting books, tutorials) that helped you sew this piece up?: The pattern is very simple, and would be easy to alter if you needed to. The center back seam will make a swayback adjustment a breeze. Knits, as always, are going to be a bit easier to fit as there’s more wiggle room, so to speak. (I can’t pass up a good pun, I’m sorry!)
Pattern Rating System:
Size Range (1-5): 4 I feel like P4P is definitely more on the inclusive side when it comes to indie patterns, but there are still pattern ranges that regularly go at least one or two sizes larger.
Instructions (1-5): 4 I prefer diagrams over photos, but that’s my only issue with them. If you are familiar with sewing knits, you probably won’t even need to reference them a whole lot anyway though.
Construction Process (1-5): 5 A total breeze to sew up. Super quick to make.
Final Fit (1-5): 5 Love it!
Overall Rating (1-5) + Explanation: 4.5 with points being detracted for size range, and personal preference on the instructions style.