I couldn't wait to share this dress since it is really so cute, but although you can clearly see that I have the Bonnell Dress all sewn up, unfortunately, the size I chose is much too big for me! It's only slightly too big for my dress form, so you're seeing her model today. Doesn't she look nice?
I cut a size 4 based on my body measurements. I sewed the bodice straight from the pattern. For the skirt I wanted to use my border print, so I just did a gathered dirndl rather than using the pattern pieces. It's a little wrinkly since I left it on the floor after discovering the large size. It was disappointing.
For the record, the body measurements listed for the size 4 are bust 34, waist 26.5, hip 37. My own measurements are (usually about) bust 33, waist 27, hip 38--so, roughly comparable. I am less busty than Dixie DIY drafts for, so that's part of it, but if I re-cut this pattern, I would cut between the 0 and the 2, I think.
The cute cut-out! You can't really see but I took in the side seams a bit (a scant 1/4 inch) to see if I could make it work. I tried it on and it was still too large and the cut out--the best part--had gotten smaller (duh, allie, geometry!) and so I unpicked it.
Here's the insides! The pattern construction is a little tricky around the cut outs but the instructions are clear and the result is a lovely clean-finish bodice. The dress looks good inside and out.
Here's the deal with this dress: The (way cool) skirt fabric was impossible to use on the bodice without having weird flowers in awkward places, so I used plain white cotton, which means I have the whole other side with the same border left over. I think that rather than unipck my skirt seams, I'll just start from scratch and donate this one. If anyone wants a size 4 Bonnell dress in a crazy border print, let me know! The bodice is straight from the packet, so it would be a good muslin, even.
Here's the deal with this pattern: if you have a dress you like, that fits you well, and you have some pattern-altering skills, you can add side cut outs and a waistband and not have to mess about with a whole new pattern. When I make this style again, I may do that, since there are some other things I would prefer slightly different. The neckline, I feel, is slightly too high on me and I would prefer for the back V to be slightly higher--I just don't love the angle it makes. Personally, I wouldn't be able to figure out how to do the cut-out finishing on my own, but since I have the directions for it now, it may be easier for me just to cut them into one of my go-to bodices. I need the Bonnell dress instructions more than the pattern, really.
ps: seriously if you want this let me know, especially if you are in the US and shipping will be cheap! i can't promise professional sewing but it's wearable!