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Posted on:2/11/14 10:28 PM
Project Photo:Simplicity: 2403 by fattyboomboom

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Pattern Photo:Simplicity 2403
Simplicity Pattern Info
Pattern Rating:Highly Recommend
Review Rating: Very Helpful by 5 people   
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Fabric:Linen  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description:
Misses' dress with bodice, collar and sleeve variations. Project Runway collection sewing patterns.
I used only the bodice and collar for this dress. The skirt is cut from Simplicity 2401.
Pattern Sizing:
4-20
I started with a size 6 bodice, minus the waistband, and made very minor adjustments to suit my figure.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Somewhat, but only because of my changes.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, for my purposes. I didn't really use all of the instructions, and tend to do things my own way.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the fit. The gathers in the back are just enough without adding too much fluff. The collar and collar band are the perfect size. I love the princess seams, which is what made me choose this pattern.
Fabric Used:
Medium weight linen. I used cotton muslin to interface the placket, the collar, collar stand, and to underline the skirt.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I changed the skirt to an A-line shape and eliminated the waistband. I added pocket flaps at the front bodice and used more buttons than the pattern calls for.

I embellished the collar with embroidery using Palestrina stitch and size 3 ecru perle cotton.
I made Dorset buttons using size 5 ecru perle cotton (a new technique to me), and added embroidery and buttons to the pocket flaps.

At the shoulder seams, I added bra carriers--great for sleeveless garments.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
YES! I have always wanted to make a shirt dress, and I feel this one incorporates all my preferred customizations. I've made a different view from this pattern before, and was also very pleased. I'm sure I'll return to this pattern again because both times it gave me great results.
Conclusion:
Thanks to the LWD contest, I now have a comfortable, versatile dress! Wearing all white is definitely outside my comfort zone, but boy am I glad I stepped out!

More info and photos on my blog: Style Me Mary
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RachelKennison said...
That is a beautiful dress!
2/11/14 10:37 PM
sewingandalterations said...
Great dress. The buttons and embroidery are too die for!
2/11/14 10:42 PM
Quickie said...
Your buttonsand the embroidery are fqbulous
2/11/14 10:49 PM
SewLibra said...
Very cute and a fresh look! Love the embroidery details.
2/12/14 1:18 AM
aaltje said...
so lovely, the buttons and embroidery turned out beautifully!
2/12/14 5:46 AM
BillieJean said...
Beautiful dress!
2/12/14 6:44 AM
annakeeton said...
Gorgeous dress! Your embroidery and the buttons really make this special.
2/12/14 6:55 AM
atymonw said...
What a gorgeous dress! I have never heard of Dorset buttons. Yours are beautiful and thanks for sharing the how-to link:)
2/12/14 10:29 AM
Sew Good said...
Nice job!! I love your embroidery! I can see a lot of work went into this :)
2/12/14 10:50 AM
BlueSkysAhead said...
Very nice. I just love the embroidery and buttons. Wonderful job on fit and style.
2/12/14 2:55 PM
geraldine said...
Very nice, I like the detail on the buttons and embroidery. Good job!
2/12/14 9:23 PM
Sue Parrott said...
Wow, super cute! Well done!
2/12/14 10:26 PM
DaisyA said...
Sensational work ... the buttons, embroidery, fit and pattern mashing! love the ivory linen and the way you styled it!
2/13/14 4:02 PM
sewsewmom said...
Nice dress.
2/13/14 10:39 PM
chenille said...
Amazing and those buttons turned out so lovely!
2/14/14 3:18 AM
Baja Susana said...
This is a wonderful dress. The buttons and embroidered trim make it personal. You have styled it beautifully. Good Work.
2/16/14 9:09 AM
petro said...
Beautiful, the embroidery and button details are lovely.
2/18/14 4:39 AM
ronnielee said...
Beautiful detail with the embroidery, you did a fab job!
2/18/14 5:15 AM
Bonnie O said...
What a fantastic dress. The trim is wonderful and I LOVE how you changed it up to show 3 very different looks!!
2/18/14 8:10 AM
annem54 said...
Lovely dress and great styling. I love a shirtdress style.
2/18/14 11:09 AM
KathleenS said...
Very nice, especially for summer. I'm impressed that it looks so different from the pattern envelope. I'm not that imaginative - I might just have to copy yours!
2/19/14 4:48 AM
 
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