|Simplicity: 1653 (Misses and Plus Dress) - Type:Dresses|
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|Posted on:||7/2/13 12:47 PM |
|Last Updated:||7/26/13 10:53 AM|
|Pattern Size:||Plus-Sized |
Simplicity Pattern Info
|Pattern Rating:||Recommend, with Modifications |
|See other patterns in this category: Dresses Plus |
|Available for sale on PR: $18.95 (See envelope) |
|Tip: Adjusting Multi-Size PatternsTip: Bias Tape TechniquesTip: Bias edging applied to neck and or sleevesTip: sewing with knitsTip: Sewing with rolling knits|
|Fabric:||Cotton Jersey [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: A wrap front dress with fluttery short RAGLAN sleeves|
Pattern Sizing: I used the Women's pattern, and then bought the Misses size to figure out the "cup sizing". At this time: I'm a size 24 A/B top with a size 30 bottom half. The description mentioned sizing for bra cup differences. Of course the pattern company assumed that a Women's size 20 - 28 would lean toward the D-DD end of the scale. And the 10 - 18's would need the B-C sizes. Grrr. But I like the pattern enough that I'll probably make one for my size 12 DD daughter, so I want to figure it out.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, and then I started with variations.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Not for a beginner, this is not a quick to make dress with easy instructions. The sizing and alterations explanations were great if you want to learn how to do that.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?Like: It is extremely comfortable.
Dislike: Now that I've been wearing it for a couple weeks, I'm finding that it just is not very flattering for the larger woman. Even with high-powered shape-ware under it, this is not a good silhouette. It's possible that a less busy fabric would help with the waist issues. But, the shoulder / sleeve construction is just too unstructured. I hate to say it, but I want to put "shoulder pads" (gasp and shudder) in it.
Fabric Used: A very thin and soft cotton jersey knit.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: No fault of the pattern, but the fabric was very clingy and soft. So, the drape accentuated things like bra and panty lines including some of my more lumpy parts that I want to camouflage. So, I added another drape of wraparound fabric to the back and under the front wrap. I intend to be able to size this dress down as I loose weight, and I'll be able to take those pieces off as I shrink.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes. Edited to be a NO, If I make it again, it'll be with completely different shoulder and sleeve pieces.
Conclusion: It's very comfortable and does have options for accommodating whatever size you really are. You can really make this dress fit.
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