If you’ve followed me for any amount of time, you know that I love pattern testing. The behind the scenes process of bringing a pattern designer’s vision to life is thrilling. Add to that a community of women testing together, supporting each other, and creating genuine friendships, and you get one of the most rewarding things I’ve found in the sewing world.
An inevitable part of the pattern testing process, of course, is that as the pattern is made by and for numerous people with various body shapes and sizes, the pattern itself may get refined and changed in order to work well for everyone. These changes are generally small, but make a big impact and, in the end, create a better pattern.
One of those changes for this pattern was the front ruffle on view b, the view that I made. The ruffle changed a bit before my version, and again for the final version. The ruffle you see on me here is a little shorter and straighter than the final. It works for me and my (very) small bust, but the final version is so, so great and flattering for everyone who made it. You can see a bunch of tester photos of the final version on Instagram; just search #farrahpattern to check it out!
While you’re checking out those other pictures, you’ll notice that there is a second view with ruffled sleeves instead of the front ruffle, and that both views can be either blouse or dress length. I’m usually not a super ruffle-y person, but I’m crushing hard on so many of the other view versions that I think I need to make one for myself very soon!
There are so many fun details on this pattern! It was the first time I had made something with a gusset under the arm, and also the first time I had done a mitered hem. Let me tell you, I’m a little obsessed with that hem! It’s so clean and pretty!
The fabric I used here is a rayon challis, which is quickly becoming one of my favorites, but as you can see, is also quick to wrinkle. 😉 I do love the drape, though, and the fact that it’s not polyester… so I think I’ll be sticking with it!
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