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.

Conclusion
Everyone needs a LBD. Now, I have one.

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18 thoughts on “Pattern Review: BWOF Dolman Dress

  1. Oooohhhh! I likes the dress! I really like how it fits in the bustline and skims your behind. This is a great LBD! You should make it again in a print with a solid color band at the waist. It will look totally different and no one will realize that you used the same pattern twice.

  2. Oooohhhh! I likes the dress! I really like how it fits in the bustline and skims your behind. This is a great LBD! You should make it again in a print with a solid color band at the waist. It will look totally different and no one will realize that you used the same pattern twice.

  3. BWTF – I love it!

    Beautiful LBD. This will be great for your mom’s retirement party.

  4. BWTF – I love it!

    Beautiful LBD. This will be great for your mom’s retirement party.

  5. Wow, that looks fantastic on you. As Carolyn says, it really fits beautifully over your curves – you definitely need another one!

  6. Wow, that looks fantastic on you. As Carolyn says, it really fits beautifully over your curves – you definitely need another one!

  7. I do need another one in a print or a brighter color. Now, I just need an after work cocktail party…

  8. I do need another one in a print or a brighter color. Now, I just need an after work cocktail party…

  9. Elaray. It’s, ummm, coarse language for, umm. Well, Burda What The (insert four letter word that starts with f and ends in k).

    I work(ed) with high school kids and they always used to write or say ‘wtf’. Because I would give them the eye for foul langauge.

  10. Elaray. It’s, ummm, coarse language for, umm. Well, Burda What The (insert four letter word that starts with f and ends in k).

    I work(ed) with high school kids and they always used to write or say ‘wtf’. Because I would give them the eye for foul langauge.

  11. just saw you dress on PR, it look great and of course the black is just the bomb, love this

  12. just saw you dress on PR, it look great and of course the black is just the bomb, love this

  13. I’m in love with this dress! The shape is so feminine and flowy. The best thing about your LBD is that it is truly and uniquely yours.

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