Next up on my completed sewing list is Colette Patterns’ Myrtle Dress. The pattern is beginner level and can be sewn in a woven or knit. I used a voile viscose challis that I had in my stash for a while.
Pattern Description: Myrtle has a beautifully draped cowl neckline, a comfortable and figure skimming elasticized waist, and a flowing gathered skirt with in-seam pockets.
The skirt of Version 1 falls just below the knee. Version 2 features adjustable button-on shoulder tabs and an above-the-knee hemline.
I made version 1.
Pattern Sizing: XS – 3XL. I graded through a size M bust, XL waist and L hips. More adjustment information below.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, they were very simple. And Colette Patterns provided a sewalong for additional help.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like that it’s a simple project that can be completed in a day. I had some fitting issues since it’s a pattern for woven and knit.
Fabric Used: Rose print voile viscose challis from Fabric Mart.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I had a lot of fitting issues with this pattern. Based on my measurements the sewalong suggested that I go up in bodice size to an L and do an SBA. It didn’t work well for me. Rotating the SBA into the cowl produced a very narrow cowl and not much bust shape.
I recut the muslin out of a L and had armhole gaping. Cut another muslin with an M grading to an L at the waist.
Finally decided on an M bust with an FBA and bodice darts and graded to an XL at the waist. Made bias tape out of fabric scraps instead of store bought. Instead of just folding the waistband, I chose to make a casing for the waistband and inserted my elastic. I also eased in the hem to avoid extra fabric.
Would you sew it again? No. One dress is enough for me.
Would you recommend it to others? Yes
Conclusion: It’s an okay pattern. I’m not fond of all the trial and error to get the fitting right. There’s some poofiness at the hips and I probably could have used an M because of the ease. With a blazer, though, it makes a great addition to my work wardrobe. And you can never go wrong with pockets.