Sunday, March 13, 2011

Finished: Lisette Dress

Ladies and gentlemen, drum roll please, the Lisette dress is finished! I feel the overwhelming need to share with you with pictures of the dress before the details, so here we go.

I am SO excited about this dress! For one, this is the first dress that I have made, so I am ecstatic that it came out more than wearable.I ended up leaving out the side zipper because I don't really have too much trouble getting it over my head. If I make it again I think I will add the zipper. The instructions call for a side seam lapped zipper, and I think I need to practice inserting this type of zipper on a muslin before I try it on my good fabric. Also, I ended up cutting out a size 14 all over and I think it fits much better than my muslin (which was a 16) did.

I highly recommend this pattern. The directions are the best directions that I have ever worked with in my short sewing life. There are "Lisette tips" sprinkled throughout the pattern along with a reminder to finish seams and recommended methods for doing so included throughout the whole list of instructions. If all sewing directions were written this well it would be much easier for beginners like myself to learn to sew.

The bodice has two darts in the front that overlap in the center. It should be noted that it is imperative that you mark the left dart first, stitch, then press before you ever mark and make the right dart. Also, it seems to me that the armholes are a bit deep and there could be some potential for some side bra show.

Tomorrow I should be able to get some better pictures outside while the sun is still out. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!


  1. And isn't finishing your first dress a good feeling! It looks good to me.

    Definitely practice your lapped zipper first. Remember that scrap fabric you were asking about? Use some of that.

  2. Wonderful job on your first dress! So glad to read the instructions were easy for you to understand. It's a bummer when new sewistas get side-tracked from bad instructions. Your dress will be fun for a sunny day!

  3. Oh, this is so cute and I love the bright colors of the fabrics you used! Great job :)

  4. Beautiful, beautiful dress! Was this your first? You did a much better job than I did on my first garment, mine was barely wearable. ;) Great work!

  5. Ashley- This wasn't my first garment but it was my first dress. Thanks so much!

    Ice pink stars- Thank you!

  6. Glad to hear you had a good experience with this dress. It's next up on my sewing table.

  7. I love your dress! I actually just used the fabric that you chose for your skirt to make a top!! Thanks for posting your review on PR, I'm going to start this dress as my next project! Great job!!