After months of casual at-home attire I was ready for a comfy, yet cute look! When a testing call went out for the new Celeste Dress by Itch to Stitch I applied. I liked the design lines and knew this would be something I could wear in place of my current at-home attire.
Okay, let's get real. My casual at-home look had gotten rather sloppy. On a daily basis I was donning cut-off jean shorts, tees and skipping the hair and makeup. I mean with no reason to leave the house it was easy for me to slide into a sloppy look under the pretext of being comfy. Yes, it was incredibly comfortable. But so is this dress. Plus wearing a dress makes me want to fix my hair and add some makeup.
I was a bit concerned about the center-front gathers wondering if they would make that skirt section pouf out. I'm happy to report that I found the gathers over my tummy to disguise rather than emphasis my tummy area. I do think you need to pay attention to your fabric choice as too thick of a fabric may not drape as nicely as mine.
My fabric is a rayon print from Hawaii Fabric Mart. You may recognize the print as it's identical to the one I used to sew my March Maxi Dress challenge. Just in a different colorway. (That dress was blogged about here)
One thing that attracted me to this pattern was the multi-cup sizing. After 20 years of doing FBAs, I've become pretty proficient at that alteration. That being said, I do appreciate a well drafted pattern that allows me to skip that alteration. This designer's patterns fit me pretty well with minimal adjustments as long as I choose my size based on the measurements provided.
Here is my fit pic...in my dusty mirror ;-)
The front bib area is completely interfaced and faced. It makes for a nice clean look inside the garment. The instructions for the v-neckline ensure a sharp vee at the center front.
I plan on sewing myself another, probably in a linen. After all, it is still July and where I live we will likely experience another two months of warm weather.
P.S. As a pattern tester, I received a copy of this pattern at no cost, however I was under no obligation to write a blog post or film a video review. As a tester, I provided feedback to the designer on the construction process and fit.
P.S. I did put a video review on my YouTube channel if you want to see the movement of the dress.