I was lucky to be a pattern tester for the new PDF version of Megan Neilsen’s Darling Ranges Dress. I am such a sucker for a shirt-dress and so couldn’t pass up this opportunity!
The fabric is a light cotton voile that you may recognise from my recent Scout Tee – I remember it was a bargain at $2/m so I bought the rest of the bolt (about 4m) – I still have more left, perhaps I’ll make a backup Scout Tee, the one I have is at risk of being worn to death!
So back to the pattern: the PDF version has a couple of new versions including a dartless tunic (which I believe is a great maternity dress). The printed pattern is a total of 45 pages including 14 pages of instructions, so for a dress I didn’t think this was too bad. The pieces all print in tiled order and are straightforward to tape together. The only downside is that there isn’t a copyshop option, but perhaps this is coming (hint, hint)??
This is a great little pattern and is a really fast make, there are no facings or tricky plackets. The armholes and neck are bound with bias which give a lovely tidy finish and no silly flappy facings! The only alteration I made to the original pattern was to do an FBA. Recently I have started making my dresses and tops selecting my size based on my upper bust measurement and then doing the relevant FBA. This is really improving the fit across the shoulders and is reducing the necessity of doing a narrow shoulder adjustment and it also means the back fits really well too. For more on this fitting theory, see Sunni’s post here.
The waistline is a little above my waist so I think for anyone taller than me (most people), you may wish to consider lengthening this. The pattern says it has a high waist, but I don’t like the waist too high. The length I also have not changed. I am a little on the fence on the waist ties as they restrict the ability to wear this with a belt and will likely leave these off next time.
I am a big fan of this pattern and I am finding I am wearing this dress loads, it is so comfortable, there is quite a bit of ease in the waist and being made of super soft voile it feels like wearing pajamas and is so cool to wear. I also like that without a collar it is much easier to layer.
I can definitely see a winter version in my future(I even have the fabric in my stash) and can see it as a great layering piece with a cardi, tights and boots!
What are you all working on right now? Are you madly trying to finish presents before the holiday season? Luckily I have no sewing deadlines so I am not too frazzled.