I recently had the pleasure of testing a pattern produced by the Nostalgic Pattern Company, which specializes in vintage dresses. The Myrtle Wood pattern has a dolman-sleeved bodice with a small, bias-cut collar, underarm gussets, waist darts, and a button closure. The highlight of the dress is a contrasting hip sash with large mock bow, which connects the pencil skirt to the bodice.
The sass of the dress captivated me immediately, and I found it fairly simple and straight-forward to sew. The only challenge was in understanding how the hip sash was assembled. Once I realized that the main seams for this pattern element center back and center front, not side seams, the sewing process was surprisingly easy and quick.
Since my figure generally requires me to make extensive alterations in the shoulders, armscye, and hip areas, I was delighted to find the the bias cut of the dolman sleeves and the hip sash eliminated these problems entirely. The dress is darling and very comfortable to wear. I really enjoyed getting in on the testing of a pattern while it was still in the preproduction stages.