Pattern Testing, Sewing

Pattern Testing | The Asta Dress

I mentioned before that I have been super busy testing patterns lately, and I’m excited to share another recent make from Christina of Wardrobe By Me! The Asta Dress is a beautifully drafted skater dress with beautiful details that make it stand out from other patterns. I thoroughly enjoyed testing this pattern, and I’m looking forward to making more.

The Asta Dress has so many features! There are three necklines to choose from (two turtlenecks and a boatline) as well as four sleeve options, plus sleeveless. Add in outside pockets and a semi-circle skirt and you are good to go! You can choose to go sans-pockets, too.

There were so many amazing versions that went out in testing…I definitely suggest checking them out.

I chose to use some floral liverpool from my stash, and I was able to squeeze a size 12 with elbow length sleeves out of two yards. For my first version I wish I would have chosen a solid fabric to show off all of the great details of Christina’s pattern. It truly is a showstopper!

I’ve tested for Christina before, and she did not shy away from her typical spot-on drafting right away. The only changes I made were to the bodice of the pattern. I shortened it by two inches so it would hit my natural waist. That was a common change (the shortening–not the exact amount taken out) for a number of testers.

I do plan to shorten my dress another inch or inch and a half before spring gets here. It’s a little longer than I wanted, but I was having some hemming issues. Mostly patience issues? I am all for slow fashion, but sometimes I just want to get a project finished and try it on ASAP!

I’ll be back super soon (yes…you heard it here) with a couple of awesome tours and, you guessed it, another test!

A brief disclosure that I forgot to add in previous posts. I received this pattern for free in exchange for my time, feedback and use of personal fabric to test the pattern. I don’t share a pattern that I don’t absolutely love, and I hope you love it too if you sew it up!

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