|(Sorry about the boring photos. I tried this time, I really did, but I just can't compel myself to take solo photos outside my apartment.)|
So. How did I find the patterns? I'll talk about the app first, as that's quicker. You can choose to make a quarter, half, or full circle skirt (mine's a half circle) in three lengths, although it would be easy enough to just cut a bit longer or shorter, too--that's what I did. All you need to do is insert your waist measurement, and the app calculates the radius--including seam allowance, which in the past, I've often forgotten to add when doing this on my own. It also gives a cutting layout and tells you how much fabric you'll need. No further instructions (although there are links at the bottom to waistband and zipper tutorials.) Basically, the app is useful for figuring out the waist radius to cut without having to remember math, and it eliminates the possibility of forgetting to add seam allowance. Since I tend to forget numbers immediately and have never written my radius down, I'll continue to use this if I make circle skirts in the future.
Unless you need a lot of help from your instructions. I didn't really follow theirs. A lot of times I don't follow instructions anyway, and I was making so many changes that in this case, it didn't really make sense for me use them, either. However, I looked over them to write the review. I can report that, although this is one of their most recent releases and hasn't been edited by an English speaker (yet), all the directions do make sense. But they are very sparse--for the dress, there are 12 steps, and no pictures. If you know the gist of what you're doing, I think the instructions would be perfectly adequate, but if you like a bit more hand-holding, well, that won't be found here.
I also left out the interfacing on the collar (because I hate interfacing) and thank goodness I did. The collar doesn't need any more volume than it already has. If I make this again, I'll probably cut the collar around an inch narrower, all around. But that's really the only thing I'd definitely change.
All in all, though, the dress is fine. I'm happy. Very happy. And I really want to make another one, right now.
Fabric: 2 yards at 60" double-sided green plaid cotton from Pendleton Woolen Mill outlet, $5.00
Pattern: Lekala 4357 with modifications, $1.87 (bodice) + BHL circle skirt app, free (skirt)
Notions: all from stash--20" metal zipper $0.55; two packages rayon hem tape $0.50; covered belt kit $0.50
Made before: no
Make again: maybe
Sewing soundtrack: Pulp
First worn: today
Wear again: yes
Total cost: $8.42