I know I said I would not sew but I lied. After seeing Gillian's and Sara's Myrtle dresses, I couldn't resist. All I can say is, thank the sewing goddess that I made it with a couple of yards of a knit I didn't care about, because oy, it looks so mediocre on me.
I'm not going to show a pic. It's fine but I don't like it enough to photograph it.
I'm not suggesting that the problem is with the pattern. I really do think that it's a matter of shape incompatibility. This dress is cut for a very wide frame and it's difficult to narrow the excessive amount of relative width in the upper bust (cowl area) if you need to keep the depth, just below, for your boobs.
I do believe that the sizes are way off (as a few others have said). I should have made a medium, according to the chart. In actual fact, I cut the shoulders smaller than the XS and it was still way too wide. I made the rest of the dress in a small and it was a bit bigger than I'd like. I don't appreciate having had to measure the pieces to confirm a massive amount of ease.
Although I altered just about everything in this pattern (and I'm glad I did or it would have been unwearable), this dress still didn't cohere on me. I could probably recreate it more flatteringly for my shape (and let's face it - the pattern is ubiquitous) by merging a Maria of Denmark cowl with a Lady Skater skirt.
The instructions are very good - as Colette Pattern's always are. But the PDF pattern is so absurdly arranged, it's insulting. I spent 90 minutes taping and I had advance warning so I was able to save a bit of effort. It's 65 pages. I threw away 20 of them (uncut). I wasted ink. I used a full roll of tape (even though I avoided taping the areas I would cut away). (I have heard that the PDF will be reorganized, btw. So you might want to wait to make this, until the new version is out . I assume you'd be sent an updated PDF if you already own the pattern.)
Happily, I wear my Lady Skater dress constantly - it was more-or-less drafted for me (and altered to fit even better) - and people love it. So I might be ready to use my gorgeous Liberty jersey on that...
It's so disappointing to have spent 9 hours on something I won't wear.