KNIPMODE magazine pattern #3 08/2008 sleeveless dress with cut-on standing collar, pleats at shoulder, elastic waist with tie belt
European 38 to 46. I used a size 38 at the top and 40 for the skirt.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
yes, considering I omitted the tucks on the skirt and wore the dress buttoned all the way up!
Were the instructions easy to follow?
KNIPMODE magazine instructions are very minimal and as I am a pretty experienced sewer, I rarely refer to them except if it’s an unusual construction.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
It’s very comfortable and cool for our tropical weather.
A cotton print from Bloomingdales in Shangri-La Plaza. They still have it in a slightly darker brown and I have seen a navy blue version in one of the smaller fabric stores in Glorietta. I really like animal prints and found this giraffe print slightly more unusual. I pre-washed the fabric and to my surprise I found that the print bled. Usually prints are pretty colorfast, but this one bled quite heavily into the white, so the white looked a bit dirty. If you buy this fabric, I would therefore recommend washing it separately by hand (don’t leave to soak!), rinsing in vinegar, wringing out as much of water as possible ( wringing in between 2 towels generally helps remove most excess water) and drying in the sun so it dries quickly without the print running into the white areas. As the fabric is quite thin, I lined the skirt with thin white cotton from Fabric Warehouse.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I removed the tucks from the skirt, as I didn’t think they would be very visible in this fabric. I also added in darts and the shoulder to stop the back armholes gaping.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I would as it is a very easy dress to make. I’d probably make it in a solid color and put the tucks back in again maybe with contrast top stitching.