This week I have the dress from the Alice Brooks mail order pattern. The drawing of the dress is the middle bottom outfit below.
This pattern uses three different colors and a C hook. I used the Mayflower Cotton 8/4 in yellow and green and pulled a third color but decided not to use it when I realized that the pattern wanted me to change colors for every row and I'd have to sew all of those ends in. Instead, I chose to do it mostly in yellow with some green accents.
The pattern itself is easy to follow and I had no problems until the the last row was finished off. Unlike the other patterns in this pamphlet, the dress doesn't have any finishing directions and the back is open from the neck to the waist. I'm not sure if it's an issue in the original pattern though. The pattern website I bought this from transfers the instructions to an easy-to-read format in a pdf instead of the text these usually come with. It's possible that a line or two was missed in the transfer. I assumed that it would have you sew snaps in the back so that's what I went with.
Here is the finished dress.
I think this is my least favorite out of the outfits from this set of patterns. Not just because of the missing directions or, that I would have had to sew a lot of ends in if I'd gone with their color pattern. It's just not that cute. Maybe if I'd used a softer yarn it would have had more drape but I think it still would have been a little loose fitting.
This one gets a 4.
Is the pattern easy to understand? I'm marking it down a little for the missing directions 0.75
If there is a gauge, could I match it? 1.0
Does it look like the photo? It's enough like the drawing that I'll give it the full point. 1.0
Would someone wear this? Maybe they would? It's fine, just not great. 0.5
Did I enjoy making it? I would have enjoyed it less if I'd had to sew in more ends. 0.75
I'm taking the rest of November off so I can work on holiday gifts. I'll be back in December with the best and worst of the year and to figure out what to do next year. I've found so many weird and interesting hats that I kind of want to go back to those. I might not have enough for a full year but I can mix in a few other things along the way.
I'm from Minnesota and have been crocheting since 2003. I inherited a box full of Workbasket Magazines from my mother-in-law and became obsessed with the vintage patterns.