A Sure/Shir Bet
A review of Victory Patterns Sofia Dress and Top
This pattern definitely gives you bang for your buck. There are many options to choose from, and mixing and matching the different sleeve and bodice/dress options will give you at least 9 Sofia versions. You can choose to sew up a midi-length dress, a peplum top or a cropped top. The sleeve variations include: bell sleeves with shoulder strap, cap sleeves, elbow-length sleeves and bishop sleeves. The front and back pattern pieces are exactly the same.
I made two versions: the first is a peplum top with bell sleeves.
The peplum version is made with a John Kaldor polyester crepe gifted by Minerva.
And the dress version is made with a self-dyed 100% Korean silk that was dyed with Jacquard iDye (Turquoise).
The instructions in this pattern are stellar. It was my first time shirring and the instructions are comprehensive and assumes zero knowledge which was great for my virgin attempt.
Love this pattern and I will make more versions. For more details about how I dyed the silk, and for more pics, please go to my blog: Geri In Stitches