Pattern Review: BWOF Dolman Dress

Even though this pattern is four years old, it looks very contemporary with the dolman sleeves and duro style mid section.

Sometimes I think BWOF should be called BWTF.

Pattern Description:
From the magazine: “Feminine dresses are the must have of the season! Our style has trendy dolman sleeves and a flattering corset inset in shimmering satin that seductively accentuates your figure”

There are just six pattern pieces needed for this dress which I think makes it very simple. It’s a two dot pattern.

Pattern Sizing:
36-42. I made a 38.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes. Well, I wasn’t lounging like a cabaret singer, but it still looks the same.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
I muddled through. The facing instructions were pretty poor I thought.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I’ve been wanting to make this dress for four years. I finally got around to it this week. I have my mom’s retitrement party next week and thought this would be dressy without being too much.

I think the straps and cuff should be made wider and longer. I am also really unclear as to why you must use stretch satin for the waist insert. Because, the way they have you cut and interface, there isn’t any stretch left.

Fabric Used:
One way poly jersey and poly satin from Spandex House in NYC. $4 a yard, so dress cost $16 (plus zipper).

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
Erg. I omitted the back zipper and cut on the fold. When I realized I wasn’t going to squeeze into the dress I put a 7 inch invisible zipper in the left and placed my ties in the right seam. One tie is longer than the other when wrapped, but I like it. I also sewed the neckline up by 1/4 to 1/2 an inch for modesty’s sake.

I sewed this up with a straight stitch and my walking foot. I finished the inside with serging.

Everyone needs a LBD. Now, I have one.