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Seamwork Dani in Black Pleather Sewing Pattern Review

Updated: Feb 13, 2021

Well, I’m back on my patio to bring you guys another pattern review. This dress might already look a little familiar to you. That’s because I already showed it to you in my March Makes video. If you remember that, then you know I’m a little on the fence about how flattering it is. But, before I get to that, let me tell you about the pattern and fabric.

The pattern is the Seamwork Dani dress. In theory, this little mini dress is so my style. I love the relaxed fit but how it’s still a little spicy with the deep V neckline and short hemline. The pattern is constructed really well. First, it’s fully lined. And each opening has it’s own facing that’s sewn from self fabric making sure that those facings are never seen from the right side. It’s such a professional and expensive looking touch.

The fabric is a stretch pleather. I have no idea where I got it. Maybe Mood on my first trip to NYC? I originally got it to make leggings, but as my style has evolved, I told myself that I’d never wear them so this fabric sat in my stash. When I saw the Dani dress pop up I thought it could be cool in a leather looking fabric, so I went for it.

OK. Now let’s talk about the fit. It’s not terrible, but it’s not good either. I think the neckline bothers me the most. I don’t like how it’s gaping open. Which I think is a sign that there’s not enough fabric across the bust. Or the shoulder slope is off. I need to consult some books to investigate further.

The next issue is the waist. I don’t mind that it’s not super fitted. What does bother me is that there’s some puckering. When I was sewing it, the bodice was smaller than the skirt so I had to ease them together. And, with this pleater, you can really see that effort.

Another issue, similar to the waist are the darts in the back. The purpose of a dart is to create some fullness. Whether that be for your bust or bum or shoulders or whatever. So, since this dress is already loose fitting, I’m not sure any darts are necessary. Especially not four of them which is what the back of this dress has. They are causing the skirt to flare out away from my bum in a way that looks weird to me.

So, I’m leaving it up to you guys. What do ya’ll think? Does this look good on me or should I refashion it into something else? I could easily chop off the bodice and make it into a skirt. And, then is this pattern just a no for me? Or should I try to make it work by fixing the neckline and altering the waist and skirt to better fit my shape. Then again, all of the issues I’m having could be due to fabric choice and all the issues could be fixed by simply picking a fabric that’s better suited for this pattern.

What do ya’ll think? I really need your help with this one.

Want to see this dress in action? Watch the video of it, here:



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