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Posted on:8/14/14 8:43 AM
Project Photo:Simplicity: 2443 by Izybel18

Simplicity: 2443 by Izybel18  Simplicity: 2443 by Izybel18  
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See other patterns in this category: Dresses    Vests    Coat/Jacket    
Fabric:Pique  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description: Misses' dress sewing pattern with knit bodice and jacket or vest by Cynthia Rowley.

Pattern Sizing: 6-14. I cut an 8 in the bodice, a 6 waistband and a 6 skirt.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? No. I made a muslin and the neckline was much lower than it looks on the model.

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were very good, and the pattern was well-drafted.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The straps weren't as hard to sew as I thought they'd be, and the pattern comes together quickly. I love a good racerback!

Fabric Used: Cotton pique knit from Mood, and interlock for the exterior straps and waistband.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I saw no finished garment measurements, and initially made a muslin based on the size chart (which put me at a 12). Wrong! It was WAY too big.

For the final version, I made the sizing changes noted above. I also shortened the straps 1 1/2" EACH (front and back). That raised the front neckline, which I wanted. Sadly, I think it threw off the overall proportions of the dress a little. I should have lengthened the bodice to make up for the shorter straps.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I corrected my muslin and it's wearable, so I have two of these in my closet. That's enough for this year! I might pull it out again next summer.

I only recommend it if you have the patience to work with the straps. They aren't difficult, but you need to have some peace and quiet and patience to sew them. Follow the directions and you'll be fine!

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Danmar said... (8/15/14 7:33 AM) Reply
I like the subtle color blocking also and I think your racer back looks perfect!
Izybel18 said... (8/14/14 1:57 PM) Reply
@MrsCharisma the gathers were kind of weird, I tried the serge-with-clear-elastic method, but then when I attached the skirt to the waistband it serged off the elastic. Maybe it helped stabilize it anyway?
SewWil said... (8/14/14 12:47 PM) Reply
Cute dress!!!
Jozigirl said... (8/14/14 10:56 AM) Reply
Such a pretty dress, just love the two colour tones!
MrsCharisma said... (8/14/14 10:16 AM) Reply
PERFECT gathers and I love the subtle color blocking!
nicegirl said... (8/14/14 9:59 AM) Reply
Very cute! I like your choice of tone-on-tone for the colorblocking.
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