The title of this post is not because I would wear this dress camping – but because I could use it as a tent!
I haven’t been sewing much recently but thought I’d whip up a quick and easy dress. I wouldn’t usually make a muslin of such a simple garment as this one:
but when I started to cut out the pattern and took some measurements I thought that a muslin might be a good idea because I didn’t want to risk wasting my pretty fabric.
I usually sew a size 14 or 16 (occasionally something different on an oddly sized pattern such as Vogue 1247 that has lots of reviews saying that it runs large), but I have never in my sewing history considered making an extra small (size 4 to 6 based on the back of the Butterick envelope). However, after lots of measuring I couldn’t see any reason that I needed to make this
tent dress in a larger size than the XS, so that’s what I cut out. I used an old quilt cover for this muslin.
Even this size (in case you missed it above – I made the extra small) is far too big for me. I have no idea what the pattern drafter at Butterick was smoking on the day this dress was drafted, but I hope s/he enjoyed it!
I was hoping that even if this muslin didn’t work out as a dress, I would keep it as a nightie (I even matched the stripes at the side seams), but there is no way another person is going to ever see me wearing this monstrosity.
This pattern actually made me quite angry because it’s the sort of pattern a new sewist might pick this up because it’s obviously a very simple pattern. The See & Sew patterns are also a lot cheaper than many of the others so I can see that also being tempting to a newbie. If they then followed the instructions they would end up with something completely unwearable. Oh, I nearly forgot to mention that the cut on sleeves show the entirety of my bra band at the side if I raise my elbow to anything above waist height. I could see this easily disheartening someone new to the sewing world and they could give up on the whole sewing idea.
If I’d made this newest dress in a size 16/18 as directed by the measurements on the back of the pattern envelope and it had come out this size, then I wouldn’t be as annoyed – I’d just put it down to my own stupidity for not measuring the tissue pieces, but when a size 4/6 comes out this ridiculously large, then I can blame nothing but the pattern.
Edited to add: I’ve just started writing a review on PatternReview and have now noticed that although the model on the right front of the envelope appears to be wearing leggings (marked as C), the description on the back of the envelope for C is “Loose-fitting pull-on pants with tapered leg”.