Pattern Testing the Culver Dress
Hello friends! Exciting things have been happening around here recently - we're moving soon and I will be getting better lighting at home and a dedicated sewing room. So expect more frequent posts in the new year (and a lot better indoor photography)!
Anywho, between fitting my wedding dress muslin (yes... I am behind my initial schedule but I will have an update on that soon), I was able to pattern test the Culver Dress for Pier&Palace, a new-to-me pattern company.
When I first got the call email, I was definitely intrigued by the description claiming that it was a multi-functional skater style dress that's feminine and girly but with a nod to sportswear. As someone who loves skater style dresses and garments that can do double-duty, it seemed like the perfect dress! Needless to say, I signed up instantly.
Having never sewn with a Pier&Palace sewing pattern before, I didn't know what to expect in regards to the instructions. I was pleasantly surprised by the inspiration magazine included in the pattern files. This document is like a lookbook with inspirational photos as well as a "Fabric Finder" page featuring formal, casual, and unusual choices for beginner, intermediate and advanced sewers. This was a very nice touch!
I went with a ponte roma for my dress which was a suggestion for an unusual choice for beginners. Let me say that sewing up this dress in ponte roma was very easy and results in a dress that can be dressed up and dressed down, no problem.
The instructional booklet also had as much thought put into it as the inspirational magazine. The instructions were very thorough with a "Skills School" section featuring even more detailed instructions on tackling some tricky parts of the project like inserting an invisible zipper or attaching a convex curve to a concave curve.
As for the dress itself, I have to say I am quite impressed with the style and fit! According to the size chart, I am a size 12 with a size 14 bust. After making a quick muslin of the size 12 in a similar fabric, I decided to make a straight size 12 and I am happy with that decision. Thank goodness for stretch fabric!
The dress is a unique take on a skater dress with lovely style lines. I feel like there are so many possibilities to make it - not only in fabrics but also with colour blocking. You could really reinvent this silhouette a dozen times with just playing with those two options.
One thing that Karen did add to the pattern after testing feedback was an option to sew a facing instead of just a lining for the bodice. So, you could even play around with that and maybe try your hand at creating some sleeves for it!
Want to make your own Culver Dress? Pick up the pattern over at Pier&Palace.