Pattern Review: Christine Haynes – Derby No. 1001 Dress
This review was originally featured in Threads #167 (June/July 2013).
This youthful, above-the-knee, pull-on A-line dress has front and back princess seams. The front sports a lined collar-like detail or a bias ruffle. The neckline is finished with a bias binding that turns into spaghetti straps. There are inseam pockets, an optional wide hemline ruffle, and a self-fabric belt. The fit is very loose; if a closer fit is desired, take in the seams and add a center-back zipper. Ten sizes are included on the multisize pattern, and the cutting lines in curved areas may be difficult to follow. Our tester suggests highlighting the desired cutting line. The Illustrations and instructions are detailed and easy to follow. The design is appropriate for a variety of fabrics. For a sweet look, select tissue-weight fabrics such as lawn, voile, or dotted swiss. The sample dress is in cotton voile.
(Sized 0-18 for busts 31-45 in. and hips 33-47 in.)
Sewing Tip: The bias-cut, frontstrap piece curves to bind the front edge. You may want to cut the back-strap pieces on grain, however, to prevent stretching.
-Tested by Patty Robison, Bellingham, Washington
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Sewing tip: The bias-cut, frontstrap piece curves to bind the front edge. You may want to cut the back-strap pieces on grain, however, to prevent stretching.