This elegant bateau neck sheath dress is simple to sew, with added interest from a fully removable cummerbund style belt which can be made in a matching or contrasting fabric, closing with a single button in back. Version 1 has 3/4 length sleeves, a contrasting belt, and in seam pockets. Version 2 has short sleeves, a matching belt, and no pockets.
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I made a size 10 all over.
I was *very* happily surprised that the fit was good in the front without any adjustment (I’m a 36C).
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yep ! Hopefully !
I made version 1 : 3/4 length, pockets, no belt.
I do think that the belt would really pull the all look together, but with my short bust I usually avoid them at the waist because I find that it makes me look even more top heavy (and I have enough of that!). I might try it someday though, you never know.
About the pockets : They are the perfect size, for once I didn’t have to enlarge them.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes instructions and illustrations are crystal clear !
But even if the pattern is stamped beginner I would not recommend it to absolute beginners (=not for a very first dress to sew) because of the 8 darts (that you might have to adjust), invisible zipper, etc…
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love that it looks like an easy dress to wear. I’m fond of dresses with pockets and the neckline is really nice too.
Prince of Wales check in polyester…. I know, I know, but I really wanted a Prince of Wales check Peony and this was the only thing in my stash (I’m on a no buy challenge for fabric !).
I bought it several months ago at 3€ per meter so the dress, fabric wise, only costed me 6€.
I didn’t really bother trying to match the pattern (I’m lazy like that sometimes). I only matched it at center front.
This fabric was not the best choice for this pattern. It’s a bit too drapey and shows everything you have underneath… You know, those things you don’t want to show…
The fabric was not ideal for the darts either… I had to sew the waist darts again (and again) with curvy legs. It’s the only solution I found to avoid puckering at the top of the darts, with this fabric.
- Sway back/flat derrière adjustment (3cm)
- Shorten the bodice by 1,5 cm
- Shorten the skirt a little
- Redrawn the center back of the skirt, it was too curvy for my body
- Didn’t insert the zipper, the fabric has enough stretch to put the dress on without it. And after all the back adjustments I had made (short waited, swayback, center back skirt), I was a little lazy and didn’t want to have to recalculate the zipper length… I know not that much work ^^
The bust darts were at the right place, but I’ll have to move the vertical waist darts out just a little (1-1,5cm) for a more accurate fit next time.
I did have to sew the waist darts again : they were very pointy (fabric’s fault mostly). Sewing them with curved legs fixed the problem.
Next time I’ll also make a small adjustment for my forward shoulder.
I will also redraw the neckline so that it’s just a little lower in the front and covers the shoulders a little more to hide regular bra straps.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I already have other peonies in mind.
Yes I would recommend. Don’t overlook the muslin stage for the top !
This is a solid pattern and I’m really happy with it ! It’s my first Colette and it won’t be the last.