My biggest beef about this pattern is the sizing and fabric requirements. The back of the pattern has the FINISHED garment measurements (not something we are used to seeing on a pattern back, and definitely not something seen unaccompanied by the body measurement chart). I was also a little annoyed that all sizes require the same amount of fabric (I am cheap, I don’t like to waste fabric).
Back to the sizing. If you cut this pattern thinking that these were the body measurements not the finished measurements, you may be in a bit of trouble. I decided that I should measure the pattern. Technically, with minimal seam allowances I could get into the XS. It would be a tight squeeze, I may have to dislocate my shoulders to get in there, but technically It could happen. This dress isn’t meant to be skin tight so I decided to go with the medium.
After the fact, I discovered that the website has the pattern sizing guide. I guessed correctly. This pattern should have about 3 or 4 inches of ease. This dress is for lounging, not clubbing
Anna Maria Sewing Pattern Size Guide:
(actual body measurements)
XS: bust 32/33”, waist 25/26”, hip 34/35”
S: bust 34/35”, waist 27/28”, hip 36/37”
M: bust 36/37”, waist 29/30”, hip 38/39”
L: bust 38/39”, waist 31/32”, hip 40/41”
XL: bust 40/41”, waist 33/34”, hip 42/43”
For the most part, construction of this dress was pretty easy. The one thing I did differently was the armhole binding. I closed the armholes then bound them. I also hand stitched the binding instead of top stitching. I figured that I had to hand stitch the yolk, so I may as well take care of the binding at the same time.
I am in the middle of a shop sample-a-thon. You will have to wait for new pictures of the Socialite, and some remixed Laurels.