You guys know I’m a wrap dress addict. Or, if you don’t, you haven’t been reading my blog long enough. I saw this KwikSew pattern on sale at my favorite sewing store and thought I would buy it. I really like the older KwikSew patterns (not the tissue paper ones that are all crafty from the present time). I think it’s an okay pattern with good lines (good-ish, there were bust issues) but I don’t like this fabric with it. At first, I was all like, “Oh, THIS will be an awesome dress. Border print with a wrap dress! Sqqqquuuueeeeeeeeeeee.” Even as I was cutting and assembling, I was sqqquuueeeee-like. When I put the sleeves in and looked at it as a unit, I was like sqqquuuuueeeeeeeeeeeee-NOT.
There are 13 positive reviews on PatternReview.com so maybe it’s just me.
Why do I dislike it so much? I’m not sure. The sleeves are too loose. I could make them tighter. I like the slightly flared skirt. Mostly. The bodice fits okay but not great. I used a small which is my usual size in KwikSew. It’s not hemmed.
Here are the bust wrinkles. Maybe I had the ties pulled too tight so it pulled the entire bodice over? I really don’t like how the paisley fabric met in the middle and made me paisley-boob-woman. I really don’t like the sleeves.
I have another dress that is an almost-dud. I think I need to work some issues out with it. I’ll post about that tomorrow or the next day. I’ve been a busy monkey with work stuff, legal stuff, and home stuff.