Thanks to a very laid back and quiet Saturday morning, I managed to finish my first version of the Mission Maxi… and I don’t get to keep it. While test fitting the dress, Taylor walked in and liked it so much, she tried it on and we both thought it look better on her than me – so it’s hers. Now that I’ve noted what changes I’d like to make my second time around, I’m ready to start on my polka dot version. Since this is a (fairly) new pattern company and a highly ‘pinned’ pattern, I’m sure you all are ready for a review – so here it is:
Pattern Description: From the pattern: “A soft free flowing maxi dress sewing pattern with plenty of options to choose from: tank top maxi, halter top maxi, and godet back maxi. Views A and B can be made as tank tops too! The pattern booklet includes a glossary of terms, metric conversion chart, and illustrated instructions in color. Full size pattern pieces in sizes 2 to 18 accompany the booklet.”
Pattern Sizing: 2-18, I made a size 10. The finished dress is very fitted, so if you are looking for a looser fitting garment then I would recommend going up a size or two.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, definitely.
Were the instructions easy to follow? I thought so, although this is a fairly straightforward design. There are lots of illustrations that accompany the written directions as well as tips for working with knits on a home sewing machine so this is a good beginner pattern.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Likes: I think that this is a great basic pattern (wardrobe builder) than can be dressed up or down depending on the fabric or style you chose. It also sews up easily and quickly.
Dislikes: I’m not particularly fond of how the binding is applied\finished around the neckline and arms (I’m guessing it’s designed this way so that it’s easier for the beginner to construct this dress and so that the binding works with all dress sizes). However, it doesn’t bother me enough to want to change it for future versions either.
Fabric Used: A stripe rayon jersey from Fabric.com
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: None, in fact, I didn’t even have to take up the hem on this one (in the photo, the dress hasn’t been hemmed yet).
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes and yes.
Conclusion: A wonderful basic, wardrobe builder pattern!
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