Pattern Description: The casually-cut nightgown with short raglan sleeves is cinched with a self-fabric tie-belt to accentuate the waist. Right, it's actually supposed to be a nightgown. Except that #113, the top version, has the exact same fit and I liked all the reviews but I wanted a dress. So nightgown pattern + dress fabric = dress. A more accurate description would be raglan-sleeve dress with pleated neckline.
Pattern Sizing: BWOF sizes 36-44. I cut my standard 38, but this was generously sized so I ended up with 3/4" seam allowances on the sides.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? It no longer looks like a nightgown. It looks like the cool top version, but with short sleeves. I like BWOF's two-piece raglan sleeve, but not the open-underarm version on the nightie. Just a little too much ventilation for work.
Were the instructions easy to follow? I glanced at them - this would be a great first BWOF pattern, it's got simple lines and the pieces fit well. The only even vaguely complicated part is the pleating at the neckline, but that would work just as well (to me) as gathers.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked the neckline and the easy shape of the dress. I got this fabric during my last trip to NY and I wanted a simple dress which would let the fabric shine.
Fabric Used: Red/gold/black stained glass print rayon/lycra blend from Metro Textiles. I asked Kashi for 2 yards, and I got enough to make this dress, my favorite KwikSew tshirt and possibly something else.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: Not many at all. As I said above, I like BWOF's two-piece raglan sleeve, but not the open underarm of the nightgown pattern. The top version had long sleeves, so I used that pattern piece and just traced them to the length I wanted. (It's cold in my office all summer, and I wanted at least some sleeve). This pattern is generously cut - since it's either supposed to be a nightbown or an "overblouse" (tshirt as overblouse? Who is BWOF kidding?) - there was room to spare and I used pretty large seam allowances. Their description of how to sew on the neckband left a lot to be desired, so I'm glad I didn't read it until after I'd sewn the band on the way I normally would. Why do they try to confuse us on the simple stuff?
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I might sew this again sometime. It's a good pattern for when you have a fabric that doesn't need a lot of fussy details (which is good for me, because while there are a lot of solid color knits in my stash, every knit dress in my closet is more patterned than the next). I would definitely recommend it as a fast, easy pattern without a lot of detail or fitting issues. A good choice as a first knit (or first BWOF).
Conclusion: I wanted to finish this dress for our mother's day dinner out, but we had to get an early start and I hadn't done the hem yet. So instead wore it yesterday - we had tickets for Leonard Cohen at the Academy of Music and it was a comfortable dress for dinner and going to the theater and sitting for a 3 hour show.
And don't get me started on the show. That man does not look, move or sound his age, and the show was worth every penny we paid for the tickets.