Sunday, July 15, 2012

Pattern Review: Style 3867

Back in March, I picked up a number of presents for myself at the second hand store, one of which was this pattern: Style 3867 view 2 (the striped version on the left).

It's a super simple dress that I decided to make harder for myself by lining it and adding a zipper. I ended up taking the zipper out and cutting back the sleeves on the lining, but otherwise, it ended up working out very well.

This sack like style is not what I gravitate towards. Having a straighter body type with a smaller chest generally needs some sort of waist definition, hence the skinny tie belt.

Here it is from the front:

The fabric was found on the same trip to goodwill. $6 for 3 metres. It's a bit busy to see the lines of the dress, so I'll show you the lining:


The pattern doesn't call for a lining, but it's easier than wearing a slip so I found this yellow poly charmeuse. I cut the lining straight from pattern minus the facings, but it was showing unevenly at the sleeves and I was contemplating taking it out all together, but decided to just cut back the sleeves and give it a narrow hem at the sleeves and at the bottom.I think the yellow is a nice surprise if it happens to peek out.

As mentioned earlier, I did put a zipper in the back but realized when it was half in that I could pull it easily over my head and I would rather not have the stiffness of the zipper giving me weird pouches in the back when it was belted. Speaking of belts, I ran out of time to find a belt, so I made a skinny tie belt. The fabric is so drapey and slippery that I needed thread loops at the sides.

One last pick before the official review. My friend and I at the cast party for The Producers:

Official Pattern Review:

Pattern Description: 

All models have gathered skirt and top stitching. Model 1 and 2 have extended shoulder line. Model 2 has "V" shaped neckline

Pattern Sizing
Three size pattern (10,12, and 14) I made a 12
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? yes
Were the instructions easy to follow?
It's so basic that I didn't use them. I also added lining.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
It's very easy to whip together
Fabric Used:
Some sort of polyester with the weight of crepe. The lining is a poly charmeuse. Both have a great drape.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Added lining and did a wide upper back adjustment of 3/8".

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I might sew it again. I might also use it without the skirt and just make it as a shirt. Maybe as the base of a colour blocking experiment.
This is a simple pattern. Although it isn't available anymore, I'm sure there are a few Burda sack dresses that are similar or that could be modified. It's really just a rectangle with a larger rectangle gathered and attached the bottom. 


  1. This is so floaty and pretty. Love, especially the hidden pop of yellow.

  2. Very cute! I stay away from drop waist styles due to my similar figure (plus big hips and poky out belly), but with the belt it totally works. The yellow lining is too fun.

    1. Thanks Trena! I think it would have been a disaster in a fabric with less drape.