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Pattern: Darling Ranges Dress by Megan Nielsen   

Textiles Used: Black Rayon Challis from Hancock Fabrics  

Sizing: The sizing was true my measurements.    

The Good: I think that this is a really great pattern.  I love the idea of knowing who the person is that designed the pattern.  Independent pattern makers are so fun that way.  I love that there are no facings to deal with.  The way that the neckline and front closure come together is just really smooth.  It's a really cute and versatile pattern.  

The Bad: The bust doesn't hit me in the right place.  I think I may need to do an FBA next time.  Also the neckline keeps on flipping up.  Any suggestions on how to fix this next time?  I think this may be my fault though.  For some reason I can't get bias tape to lay flat on a neckline.  

Changes Made: I raised the neckline by an inch because I had seen that other's versions tended to be low and I really hate wearing a cami under dresses.  I also lengthened the waistline by an inch because I thought it might just hit me at an unflattering place.
Things I would change next time? I think I will do an FBA next time.  Also, I want to try it in a much more fun print.  I think it would be a good pattern to add a tie around the neck to as well.  

Conclusion: I highly recommend this pattern.  It is easy and I think good for beginners.  I can't wait to try another one of Megan's patterns.  It's an easy dress to wear with boots or heels.


  1. So cute. I made this pattern recently, too, and wish I had your foresight about the length of the bodice. I think the bust dart hits in a weird place, like you said, so I will adjust that next time I make it as well. Otherwise it's great! Love your version in a solid color. Very versatile.

  2. It's adorable and your styling is spot on!

  3. This is lovely and looks great the way you are wearing it with the orange scarf and belt ( It breaks up the black nicely.

  4. Really nice! I like this dress a lot, but I know I wont make it because the waist is too high for me. It looks lovely on you, though!