I concur. It's true. Everything that's been said about this dress around the blogosphere. Great construction details. Super comfy and Karen's right, I think it does actually look ok on me. It's great for travelling in. (I wore it for the flight over to Turin last Saturday and for a bit of sightseeing before we could check in to our hotel) From start to finish about 6 hours to make. (Doable in a day then, if you're ever lucky enough to have a day completely free of interruptions. Ha!!) What it doesn't do (hallelujah!) is make me look 9 months pregnant. Which is always a risk for me with this style of garment. While it's a style I love, it's one I've tended to steer clear of in recent years. But no more! As Roobedoo put's it, this really is a uniform dress. One you can just throw on without too much thought, feel relaxed in, but still look like you made an effort. (Sorta! Excuse the dishevelled hair!) I can see me making more of these.
Also, although the pattern instructions make no mention of it, I'd recommend stay stitching the neckband and facing pieces too. Mine are a bit out of kilter and don't lie totally flat. I think the facing may have stretched during construction..
Love the back neck fastening and I just so happenned to have a perfect match in a pair of vintage buttons from my stash. I did fluff up the alignment of the neckband at the back opening (look closely) but I'll probably be the only one to notice. (Except I've now pointed it out to anyone and everyone reading this, ha! Doofus!)
I particularly like the resulting directional contrast of the diagonal stripes on the cuffs....
The adjustments I made to the pattern worked out pretty well. The 2" ease I added in was JUST enough. Ideally it could do with another 1/2" - 1". Having a fuller bust, (D cup) though, my tutor has suggested a slightly different approach which has me pretty intrigued. It involves an FBA of sorts. Slashing and spreading to add ease in at the bust point, then closing the opening this creates at the hem, and rotating it into a French dart eminating from the waist. In theory this should provide fullness at the bust with some shaping to prevent the additional ease making the top portion too baggy. I plan to try out this little theory at college over the next couple of weeks using the brushed cotton paisley below. This time with bound seams, now I've got the gist of the overall construction....
I've allocated my college time (2 hours a week) for sewing for myself. But from now until Christmas, all my other sewing time will be dedicated to slightly ambitious plans for handmade gifts...wish me luck?!