When sew over it brought out the Penny dress I was whooping with joy. You see I’m not a ‘youngy’, I’ve been around a long time and I used to wear ‘penny style’ dresses way back in the 80’s. In fact I still have a couple of those dresses in my wardrobe still looking good and far too nice to get rid of.
Up until then I hadn’t bought any ‘Sew Over It’ patterns so this was going to be my foray into the unknown. I actually purchased two patterns. The shift dress which I still haven’t made yet and the Penny Dress.
For my first attempt I used a sale fabric I had purchased through eBay. I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that what looks good on a website sometimes isn’t half as flattering in the flesh!
“The penny dress is a simple easy to sew and utterly gorgeous shirt dress. Penny is a summer wardrobe must have.
Penny features a sleeveless button up bodice flat collar pretty gathered shoulder panel easyfit ellesse elasticated waist and on-trend midi length skirt. The flattering dropped shoulder offers a nod to the 1950s whilst her simplicity will keep you looking contemporary and cool”
PDF or pattern
I opted for the PDF but I’m wishing that I had bought the pattern on this particular occasion because when I printed the PDF out although the test box exactly matched its required size when I started sticking it together lots of pages was slightly out. I haven’t had any problems with my previous and my post PDF patterns but for some reason this one didn’t align very well. So yes I would continue to use PDF but I would be more careful about making sure it’s all matches much better when assembling.
Does it look like the photo drawing on the pattern envelope once you’ve done sewing sewing with it?
Apart from the fact that Lisa has a small bust and I have a large bust so the dress was more emphasized on me it looks quite similar to it although waistline on mine was even higher because of it.
Purcgased via eBay from the fabric man – it was a leopard red retro Guild acrylic fabric.
58″ wide and 3m long and it cost £8.55 (2017 price)
Did you make any Pattern alterations or design changes?
I added length to the bodice because I thought it was a bit too high. And if the truth be told I should have really done a separate toile to iron out the major bodice problems I was faced with. It seemed to me that Lisa and her pattern makers hadn’t considered people making the pattern with larger busts.
I also like a longer skirt so lengthened the skirt as much as possible given the width of the fabric.
What was the construction process like? Did the instructions make sense to you.
The instructions were quite good although I found the explanation of how to set the collar onto the neck slightly ambiguous. However, having sewn for so many years I’ve basically knew what to do. A novice sewer may have more problems. Overall I would say that the instructions were very good and well Illustrated.
Will you make the pattern again if so what fitting are and design changes will you make?
I’m sure I will try the pattern again because I love the large circular skirt but would need to tweak the bodice so that it fits me a lot better.
I would also use a darker material because I felt that the colour of the material that I used was not my kind of colour.
Pattern rating (1 is the lowest score, 5 is the highest)
I will give this a 3 to 4 rating because having come back from sewing after a 20 year hiatus I have found that many of the patterns you purchase these days have separate bodice patterns to cater for varying bust sizes. Some of the Indie patterns do this as well and basically to me being an oldie I’m inclined to think that given the price of the Indie pattern it should cover the larger bust size and should not involve the user to go through more adjusting than necessary.
Check out my blog on the penny dress