I attended a Wedding last week, and it took me a long time to decide what to make. I was going to make a strapless dress with a double circle skirt, but when I was about to cut the fabric I realized I didn’t have the right supplies. The horse braid hair I wanted to use wasn’t the one for a circle hem; the one with a loose thread on one side. Thank goodness I had a plan B, a vintage inspired wrap dress. I used See & Sew B6543. I love how it turned out!!
I went to Joann’s looking for Vogue 9251, but I couldn’t find my size. I came across this one by accident, I paid less for this pattern even though Vogue was on sale. This is a very simple pattern that is definitely beginner friendly. It doesn’t require zippers, buttons or even a lining. I wasn’t very happy about the no lining part, since I’m not a fan of bias tape. I took my time and hand basted it first, then I gave it a good press and took it to the sewing machine. The most difficult part was probably the curved hem, but with some hand basting and a lot of pressing it’s really no big deal.
I also used bias tape to cover the waistline seam. I cut a size 10 and shortened the skirt by 2 inches. I also removed 3 inches from the bottom front curve, just so I could give my shoes a better view. I also shortened the ties by half because I wanted to make a sash. I wanted to use a vintage brooch that I already own but it was too small. So I ordered this one last minute on Amazon. It wasn’t the best quality but it was still pretty, and I only had to pay $8.99.
See & Sew B6543
Pattern Description: Fitted dress has side ties, sleeve and length variations and uneven hemline: wrong side of fabric will show.
Pattern Sizing: 8-24.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, I like to think that it looks better.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I loved the pockets!
Fabric Used: Stretch satin from Joann fabrics.
Would you recommend it to others? Yes!