Style 1154 Maxi Dress| Pattern Review (old one)

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
I rewrote this post back last year but since it didn't get many views and looking back it wasn't well written nor the pictures great I decided to update it and repost it.

The new one that's well written with better pictures is here.

This is the old one!

New Post is Here!

So last week the weather was crazy. One day it's high temperatures and the snow is melting the next there is an ice-rain storm. Because of that ice-rain, the roads were undrivable and dangerous and classes were cancelled (yay!). I decided not to waste a perfectly good day, and so I finally decide on what dress to make and which fabric.
The pattern I chose is a Style from 1975 that I do not remember where I got it from (a garage sale, thrift store?).
I really enjoyed sewing it and there were some things I would do differently next time.
Between the fabric and the style of the dress, it is definitely a summer garment. If it were to be done with a fancy type of fabric like satin, silk jersey or even lurex metallic jersey it could be used for semi-formal occasions.
Since I have had some not so good experiences with patterns being too big, I checked and double checked my measurements. I measured around the bust of the pattern and it was 3 inches bigger than my chest but I let it be since it was gathered. Wow. When I tried it on it looked like it was meant for a bigger chested lady. I let it be and maybe I will be able to work it! *shrug*
I loved how the chest pieces were made so there would not be any seams on the inside.

Pattern: I used Style 1154 form 1975
Cost: I actually do not know where I got this from, but I know that I did not pay more than 50c During it's coming out it was sold for $1.50! Nowadays that's unimaginable. The fabric like I said down below was pretty cheap.
Fabric Used: I choose a cotton challis fabric with a paisley pattern and a blush-pink cotton weave fabric. Bought the 1.5 meters of 54-inch width for $2 at a garage sale. The pink for about a $1 at my local Goodwill for 2 meters of fabric. The pattern called for 4.5 meters, which I did not have, and worked with what I had ↓.
Alterations: The pattern is to make a maxi dress to the floor (actually, I measured it and it's about 12 inches longer than I am 😩). I made it a bit below knee length since it was what the fabric allowed. Instead of one fabric, I used 2 colour coordinating fabrics.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

Yes, I would definitely sew it again, though I would double check the gathers to make sure they match. Yes, I would recommend the patterns to others.

Overall it was an afternoon project and will probably do it again. I will update with the finished (ie hem) project. What do you think? Should I do more posts like this?


1 comment

  1. Lovely, I wish I could find some patterns like that. Keep up the good work :)


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