Head to Head Comparison, Pattern Review, Sewing

Made: Closet Case Ebony

Dress #2 in my swing dress head to head comparison — the Closet Case Ebony:

Creative Counselor: Ebony Dress

Creative Counselor: Ebony Dress

Creative Counselor: Ebony Dress

Creative Counselor: Ebony Dress

Creative Counselor: Ebony Dress


Pattern: Ebony T-shirt and Dress by Closet Case Patterns

Price: $18.00 USD (printed pattern) or $14.00 USD (PDF pattern)

Size: 6

Difficulty: Beginner

Techniques Required: Sewing with knits, attaching a neckband, sewing a curved hem.

Options/Features:

  • 3 length options (crop top, tunic and dress)
  • 2 hem options (straight and hi-low)
  • 3 sleeve lengths (short, 3/4 and long)
  • 2 sleeve types (raglan and set in)
  • 2 necklines (scoop and jewel)

Supplies Needed:

  • Lightweight knit fabric
  • Matching thread

Similar Patterns: Within about 2 months the indie market suddenly became awash in swing dresses.  I will detail options in my comparison post.

Fabric: Double-brushed poly from Cali Fabrics

Fit: Good.  Closet Case patterns tend to be average to narrow in the shoulders and I have broad shoulders. I could probably stand to do a shoulder adjustment on these raglan sleeves, but that’s a me thing, not a pattern thing.

Modifications: I shortened a bit to account for the difference between my height and the height drafted for.

Pattern format: This is available in print and PDF.  I have the PDF.  It was a fairly painless PDF to put together.

Pros:

  • Ease construction.
  • Shape is almost universally flattering and easy to wear.
  • Tons of options.  It’s particularly nice to have raglan and set in sleeve options.
  • Very generous fit through the body.  If you’re looking for a Thanksgiving dinner dress, this would be a great option.
  • The hemline is perfectly drafted to lie completely straight after construction.

Cons:

  • I probably need a shoulder adjustment on the raglan version of this as I have broad shoulders and the pattern doesn’t.
  • The bust on this pattern is much looser than on some of the other patterns available.  This one is not fitted through the bust.

Overall Grade: B.  Great drafting and easy dress to wear and to make.  The hem hits that sweet spot.  The bust will have too much ease for some.

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