My review from PatternReview.com:
Figure Skating Dress. View C, with sleeves and freestyle skirt. This is a complex dress with lots of pieces. It’s hard to tell from the pattern and I wish I had picked something a little less ambitious since I only had a week to make it. This dress is for a program to “Let it Go” from Frozen.
Jalie seems to run large in width and small in girth. My average-sized 7 year old wears a size 5 in all measurements except for girth, where she needs an 8. I would definitely recommend paying close attention to those sizing details. I traced a 5 and added 4″ to the center bodice piece at the lengthen line. This worked well, but left the skirt just a bit low for my taste. I should have added 3″ to the center bodice and 1″ to the panties. It’s hard to know until you make it and I didn’t have time to do it twice.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I would say they are typical Jalie instructions, which can require some careful reading and re-reading. This dress has more pieces than most I’ve made, so it took a lot longer to work through them.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the yokes on this pattern because they add some nice detail and make easy guidelines for adding crystals. I didn’t particularly love that Jalie didn’t find a way to make all those pieces the same so that you could trace one piece and cut it three times instead of tracing three pieces and cutting each once. With so many pieces, reducing anywhere you can would be helpful. Not a deal-breaker, though.
I used spandex for the bodice and matching powermesh for the upper bodice, sleeves, and underskirts. I couldn’t find the exact fabric in the list above, but that should be close.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Instead of using elastic in the neckline, I trimmed it down a bit and used a powermesh binding. Since powermesh isn’t just thin like illusion but has actual tiny holes in it, elastic just didn’t work well, even clear elastic.
I had to take a lot of length off the skirt, partly because I added so much length to the bodice, but also because Jalie skirts seem to run long for freestyle. I rolled the hem on all 3 skirts to finish. Wooly nylon in the loopers REALLY helps for the powermesh.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I can see myself sewing this again for the right project. I always say that once I have all the pieces traced, but I might not want to do it again for a different size.