I have just completed theAllie Olsen Highlands Wrap dress .Following my production line sewing of Scout Tees and Akita tops this was a welcome change – and a lot more involved.
Fabric choice was a John Kaldor lightweight linen/ cotton type fabric picked up from Rosenbergs at a Knitting & Stitching Show in February 2019 for £8 ( for 2 metres- an absolute bargain)
The first thing to note is that there are a lot of pages to print out with this pdf . ( Husband noted that the printer cartridge had almost run out yesterday – I wonder why?).
Sticking together was not too bad though as all the lines seemed to match up well ( some pdfs do seem to be better than others for this).
I have made a sleeved midi version. Whilst I love the sleeveless version – and will definitely make it in the future – I wanted sleeves for my holiday due to information that they are more culturally acceptable in Sri Lanka.
Its worth noting that seam allowances are unusually only 3/8 inch .
I adjusted bodice length slightly to shorten , and reduced length of the skirt ( I’m a petite 5’ 2” so standard adjustments for me).
Due to my fabric being lightweight and with a tendency to fray, I followed the suggestion to interface the front facings, and used my overlocker heavily to prevent fraying.
For some reason I had a bit of trouble getting my head around the waist / tie construction with the button packets. After a bit of pinning and looking I worked it out – I tend not to follow instructions very closely and had missed that one of the button packets is placed on the inside, and one on the outside.
My final change to the pattern was that I have not used elastic in the back waist section. The size of the waist seemed to fit me anyway, so no requirement to use elastic to pull it in. I also read in some other reviews that this could lead to a tendency to pull the side seams to the back slightly. Finally I had a dress in the 80s which had a very similar back waistband with skirt and bodice gathered in to it and a looser tie front which I loved so felt I would like a flat back waist and better.