May, however, has been a busy sewing month for me too! I have been finishing up a lot of projects that I've either been working on for a while, or have had in the to-do pile for ages. My most recent make has been great for the transitional weather we've had over the past couple of weeks, but I think it may be getting just a little bit too hot to keep wearing it. I'm sure I'll get lots of wear out of it in the fall with tights!
Pattern: Pattern Runway 1303: Women's Relaxed Fit Shift Dress
Sizing: I cut an XS. The dress is very relaxed, so I need to wear in with a belt, but that's what I was going for with this one: easy to pull on, and comfy to wear.
Fabric: Some sort of awesome floral mystery fabric. I'm pretty sure it's polyester. It's a bit sweaty, but has a great drape and I love the print.
Instructions: The instructions were very thorough. If you're a beginner, they are very helpful; if you're more experienced you probably won't need them. This was a very straightforward make.
What I love most: The sleeves. I love the faux rolled-up sleeve. The button is totally non-functional, but I feel like it adds a special something to an otherwise boring silhouette.
What I would do differently the next time: I would definitely cut the XXS. The fit on this is VERY relaxed, and it's a bit ridiculous looking without the belt. Maybe in a smaller size I could get away with not wearing one...
Pattern alterations: I omitted the zip up the back. It was large enough that I was able to slip it right over my head, so I didn't need it.
Recommended? If you don't mind a loose silhouette. I usually go for a more fitted, tailored look, but I wanted something comfy to wear to work on those blah days when I don't know what to wear. Also, if you are a very small size (below a RTW 4), you may have to grade down the smallest size.
Final thoughts: I am so glad to have finally finished this make. I had the dress 99% completed for a few months before a dealt with the neckline binding. Yay for working through the UFO pile!