Stylish Dress Book – Pattern E

I finished up pattern E from the Stylish Dress Book. Pattern E is the dress pictured on the cover of the book. It was an easy pattern to sew up and it is very comfortable, but there are a few things I think I would change if I ever decide to sew this pattern again.

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For starters, I don’t like how the sleeves fit.  Now I probably should have made a size larger than I did to accommodate for my wide shoulders. But even so, the sleeves are still cut a little funny. I’m thinking of removing the sleeves and just letting it be a sleeveless jumper, because when I tried it on without the sleeves to check the fit, it fit just fine.

I also don’t like how the neckline fits.  It comes up a little too high in the front, which makes it lay funny and it has a flattening effect on top.  I would recommend lowering the neckline about an inch or two if you decide to give this pattern a try.

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Overall, not a bad pattern to sew up.  I think with a few minor adjustments it could be a hit.

Stylish Dress Book – Pattern N

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I made my first dress from the Stylish Dress Book. This is based off of Pattern N on page 60.

This was the first time I’ve sewn from Japanese Pattern Books. I really like how this turned out and have ordered some fabric to make another one. It is very comfy and is easy to put together.

I would recommend purchasing some Swedish Tracing Paper along with the book if you don’t already have some. It makes it easier to trace the pattern pieces, and you can sew the pieces together and make adjustments as needed before you work on your fabric.

If you need a little help translating the pattern and instructions, check out this helpful series over at Label-Free.