Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes it did. I did not use velvet or mesh/lace fabrics for contrast. I used a heavy 100% cotton fabric from a collection with contrasting prints but the same color schemes.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Somewhat until you get to the collar, I drafted a neck facing instead of following the pattern instructions. It was much more easier this way.
100% Cotton Heavy Weight. I love the color scheme and the prints of this fabric. The lining fabric is a simply silky solid from Joann. I purchased this fabric from Hancock Fabrics (GOOB-Boo Hiss!!!). I have enough left over of each to make a skirt, shorts, crop top or jacket for Summer.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I just changed the collar by adding a collar facing and added horse hair braid to the hem to give it a little extra added flare. I did not stitch down the lining to the dress I wanted it to move freely underneath the dress.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes I would recommend this pattern to/for the more intermediate/advanced sewists.
I like the pattern but probably won't sew it again. I will probably use a different pattern that is similar if I want this look again.
Sewing Machine: Spiegel 60609
I loved using my new Spiegel 60609 to sew the project above (see review Vogue 1484). For $300.00 you get a lot of bang-4-your buck! The machine is pretty user friendly but there are a few things that I would change on the machine. It has been getting great reviews and I heard by November 2016, there will be an updated model out for sale. I wonder if they will name it Spiegel 60610? I can't wait to see. I love gadgets, especially my sewing machines. Once I start teaching sewing classes, this will be at the top of my list for machine recommendations! I wish I could get my hands on at least 3 or 4 of these to begin teaching.
User friendly, creates beautiful, even stitches and there are an over-abundance of them (350 built-in). The stitch cam is really cool! I attached my Samsung 10.1 Tablet and My iPad 2 as well. It was a little tricky at first but I finally got them both connected. This would be a great machine for beginners who wish to work their way to the intermediate level sewist. I have already gotten my other projects lined up for May #MeSewMe and I will be using my Spiegel! If you are the proud owner of the Spiegel, you can join the FaceBook group.
The biggest thing I had a problem with is when the needle down button is pushed the needle does NOT stay in the down position once you begin sewing and then stop to turn a corner etc., you have to push the needle down button again. I hope on the updated model coming in November 2016, this will change. The speed is a little slow for me at only 900 SPM. I got used to using my Singer S90 Limited Edition that sews 1300 SPM. I like to go 'n' sew like speed racer! The zipper foot only has a groove to one side of the foot. I used my universal invisible zipper foot as the dress (see above) required an invisible zip. There were not to many things I did not like about the machine.