|From Craftykix Creations|
It's not bad, how about that? Not having very much experience with working from a pattern, I think this was a decent way to jump back in.
Time for a quick rant: I think that all patterns, especially beginner level ones, should come with a basic pattern legend. There are a few pattern notes in the beginning, about adapting it, but I'm talking about BEGINNER notes. Things reminding you that "this triangle means a notch, make sure you cut it in the fabric" so that you don't have to go back and mark it with chalk later because you didn't.
I make a habit (and you should too) of reading the whole process through first. It works for pattern, recipes and any instructions at all. If you know what to expect, you shouldn't encounter any surprises with the steps.
I followed almost all of the pattern steps with the exception of three. I did not do the instructed "turn up" hem. I used bias tape, because I've done it before with a full skirt and I like the end results. I also used an invisible zipper, not a regular one. I used this tutorial, did a practice one first, and it turned out beautifully. I did not put in boning, either. Half because I forgot to buy it and half because I didn't really want it. It turned out fine without it.
I could only decide on one thing that could be better explained. This is the first garment that I have made that has gathering, so I was not familiar with the process. Fortunately, I'm pretty intuitive and know how to look things up, but I imagine that there are people that do not think of such things and might flounder a bit with the lack of explanation on that feature.
I think more high contrast drawings would also be helpful, but I know there's a limit to the printing they use for the instructions.
Other than that, it was very descriptive as to what side you're supposed to be stitching on and other little bits.
As long as you read your instructions and notes and pay attention to what side is what, you'll be fine. I'd give this pattern an A-, for the reasons listed above. I'm satisfied with my results.