The Love Notions Rhapsody has just gotten updated to the current size chart and the option to be a dress is included with the pattern!! Let’s check it out!
I don’t have a lot of success stories when it comes to woven patterns, but I am pretty impressed with this dress. I am happy to report all of me fits in it without any tight or loose areas. This is the bonus of clothing being made to fit a person’s body. I was able to customize the pattern to fit my body, grade between sizes and make the needed adjustments to fit properly. I sewed up the 4x bust with the included FBA and graded out to the 5x at the waist and thru the hip. There are 9 sleeve options included with this pattern, but I chose the flutter sleeve. Actually my fabric chose it, because I didn’t have enough to make the full flowy sleeves I wanted. I did a 1 inch bicep adjustment to keep the pattern fit as intended.
I love the drafting of this pattern because all of the edges are either sewn as French seams, enclosed inside the yoke, or finished with the serger, so it looks nice and neat on the inside too. I hemmed my sleeves as usual and did a rolled hem around the bottom hem. Remember the video I made on how to make a rolled hem? Speaking of the hemline, after I finished my dress, the hem line was smoothed out slightly so it doesn’t have such a hi lo effect. I actually really like the line of the hem, so I haven’t smoothed mine out.
What I really love about this dress is the details like the gathering of the yoke at the shoulders and the pleat in the back. I created my own bias tape to finish the neck binding and the strings and I am very happy with the finished look.
I used a lightweight mystery woven fabric for this one. I honestly don’t even know where it came from, but I strongly feel it was the Joann dot clearance section a year ago. It has the texture of a swiss dot fabric, but no idea what it is actually it other than light weight and comfy!
Here is the entire run down from the website.
The Rhapsody is the perfect top & dress for your summer wardrobe. This blouse & dress is meant for lightweight and drapey wovens. It features nine sleeve options, a flattering curved hem, gathering at the yoke and french seams so the inside looks as nice as the outside! The v-neck line is bound with self-made bias tape and can include ties to give it a beachy feel.
- Meant for apparel woven fabrics
- Full Bust option
- Blouse & Dress views
- Nine sleeve options:
- 3/4 length with cuff
- 3/4 length with flare
- 3/4 length bishop
- Full length bishop