After sewing this dress, I wished I could have collapsed on the patio with a drink. Alas, only soft drinks and water in this household :-)
This Kwik Sew pattern was anything but quick for me, and because there are pleats and ties in the back, the dress was very difficult to fit while sewing. I posted a review of the pattern over at PatternReview and you can read it by clicking here. Here is the line drawing of the back:
As you can see, all the serious work is on the back, and once done, the yoke is fixed. The dress hangs from the upper bust, and if your measurements are off, you will have a sack hanging off your shoulders. I ended up with an extra inch under each arm, and almost tossed the whole dress in the trash. After sleeping on it, and letting my brain organize around yet another day of fiddling with what looks like a simple dress, I began unpicking all my work under the arms, down the side seam and across part of the front and back yokes.
I took in 3/4" on either side seam and lapped the yoke seams by at least that much.
I wore the dress on Wednesday and I have another alteration to do. The straps lengthened as the day wore on, and I now must undo them and reset them to be tighter. Have you ever worked so long on a project that all your love for it goes away?
Let me end with a positive experience---here is a photo of my first time weaving!! Oh, I think I need a loom. This was so much fun, and so gratifying.
Theresa, for your patient instruction and generous spirit :-)