I'm updating this review with second version of the same view. Here is the first version version #1.
The second version was made by refashioning a skirt gifted to me. My friend had worn this skirt to the Grammy a few years ago. I forgot the designer but she spent $400 on it and thought it would have been a waste to donate. Since it was a lot of fabric, she thought of me. I'm so glad she did! It was 100% silk, already fused and the border print was beautiful. Here's a pic of the original skirt. It comes up to my bust and then some. Didn't realize how short I was.
I rarely sew up the same dress twice but I needed a dress for a City of Hope charity event and had no time to fit and figure out a whole new pattern. It took some strategic lay out and scrap black fabric for the waistband out to eek this dress out. Forget about matching the prints at the seams. The black border print is very deep and the only black fabric I had that was this deep was swim fabric from these swim bottoms. To stabilize the stretch I fused it with a lightweight tricot. The neck line and armholes are folded over and top stitched since I had no fabric left for facings or binding. Tiny pile of left over.
I wore the dress to the charity event with the girlfriend who gave me the skirt just 1.5 week earlier, after 4 years in the closet. My girlfriend was so shocked at happy to see the dress get a new life. I was happy to have some decent to wear. She's the one standing next to me in the pic. Finished dress
Dress with different sleeve, neckline and embellishment options. Pattern Sizing:
4-20 Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes. What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I made the sleeveless, collarless style. I think it's very classic and will stay in my wardrobe for a long time. I didn't like the armhole construction. The instructions were to use a bias strip and wrap it inside instead of an armhole facing. I've seen this on other Simplicity patterns and haven't had good luck with it. It's just as easy to just serge, fold under and topstitch. Fabric Used:
Grey raw silk. Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Left out the belt loops. Thought it was too much, overdesigned. Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Probably not. It's not the pattern. I'm just not sure if there's another version that I would want to sew. I would recommend it to others. Conclusion:
A nice classic style. Easy to sew except for the armhole construction.