I've been wanting to make this pattern for ages and I finally got my hands on it. Rather unadventurously, I made it exactly like the picture on the pattern in black with off-white side panels. However, I didn't emulate the startled pose of the model, who looks like she's trying to regain her composure after slipping over.
Here's the hilarious pattern photo:
I made the dress in size 12, a size smaller than my measurements would indicate, and the fit is good. It's a very comfortable dress that is not tight-fitting. I used black scuba knit from Spotlight with off-white ponte for the sides. I'm wondering if scuba knit is the same as neoprene, does anyone know? Anyway, it was lovely to sew and is very nice to wear - warm, but not sweaty. I bought a fancy zip from Spotlight too, nice and silvery.
It's hard to see the details of the dress with the black fabric, but there is decorative shoulder stitching, enhanced by the addition of fleece scraps on the inside. The seams are all topstitched too. The fleece backing on the shoulders added a lot of thickness which made it difficult to insert the neck and arm facing. Next time I would heavily trim the fleece to help this issue. The facing is made from a thin knit fabric to reduce bulk.
The only other issue I had was that the zip, despite being the recommended length, was slightly too short for the opening. It would look nicer finishing right on the neckline.
Otherwise, this was an easy dress to make and I do like that optical illusion that slims the body on both sides!
Looking at these pictures, I probably should have put on some more delicate shoes, but this is how I've been wearing the dress during the winter, with a jacket of course. Now spring is here I'll be daring and try it with bare legs!
I love this pattern just as much as I knew I would. The loose fit, the stretch fabric, the zip, the drop waist and the slouchy pockets. It's very me and I'm happy.