|I don't have it in me to do another write up of this project, but here is what I posted on PatternReview.|
Simplicity amazing fit dress pattern for miss & plus sizes features bust darts & contrast side panels. individual patterns included for slim, average and curvy fit & cup sizes b, c, d for miss & c, d, dd for plus.
I got the plus envelope.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
More or less considering my struggles with all my fit issues.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Pretty much yes.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked the styling lines, which is why I bought it. Nothing in particular I disliked because I think all my fit adjustments would have been needed on any dress pattern. The "amazing fit" process with cup size bodice pieces and hip size skirt pieces did simplify things a bit.
A mystery knit, I want to say some kind of jersey, cotton or rayon or a blend of them. I bought it at the thrift store years ago, which is why I didn't do a two-tone dress.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Widen skirt at hip through hem by adding width and waist dart front and back (back already had 2 darts I made one bigger, front had zero, added one)
Lots of pooling in small of back, also gapping at back neckline so took in entire center back seam for 1" reduction
Took up hem about 2"
Took in shoulder line inner and outer, neckline now looks like boat neck, also offset the straps to modify gapping at front neck
Took in excess gapping at armhole front and back by moving inset seams toward bodice
Style and construction adjustments
Didn't use contrast panels
Used a knit rather than recommended woven
Using a stretchy knit meant I could remove the zipper altogether
Using a knit and the zillion armscye modifications meant the facings weren't worth it, so I used a bias facing technique.
I used a bit of ribbon and a plain straight stitch to stabilize the shoulder seams.
Also added lingerie keeper straps after these photos were taken!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Now that I've made all these changes, I would 100% make this again (with more fit adjustments like to neckline width front, neckline gaping in the back, raise the armhole depth, lower the bust point, and preferably eliminate the front skirt darts I added. I do want a slip, though, because knits cling against tights, for sure.
Pattern review agrees, this dress is worth it!
|dress with leather jacket|