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

Simplicity: 2403 by fattyboomboom  Simplicity: 2403 by fattyboomboom  
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:
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.
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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