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|Simplicity: 2281 (Misses' Dress, Cynthia Rowley Collection) - Type:Dresses |
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|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
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|Fabric:||Double Knit [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: Misses' dress in two lengths with sleeve variations by Cynthia Rowley.|
I made view B, the one with the regular long sleeves.
Pattern Sizing: 6-22. I started with a 10-top 12-bottom and took it a bit along the side seams.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, for the most part.
Were the instructions easy to follow? I didn't really follow them because I omitted the lining and that changed the construction order. I also reordered the steps to leave the side seams for the last. When I did need to reference the instructions, though, I found them hard to navigate because the instructions for my view jumped around and constantly referenced steps from other views.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the raglan sleeves and the wide waistband. And in a knit it's like a dressy sweatshirt!
Fabric Used: A rust colored doubleknit from Michael Levine in LA.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I omitted the bodice lining entirely and lined the midriff in a thin rayon jersey from the scrap pile to keep the seam allowance from getting too thick. No lining meant I had nothing to gather the neckline to, but I just measured the lining piece and gathered the bodice to that measurement. I bound the neckline as the pattern indicated, but halved the binding piece lengthwise so it was just a single layer folded over. I was going to leave the slit in the back and fasten it at the top with a button or snap (since I didn't want to do the tie closure), but the slit stuck out funny in this fabric and when I pinned it closed I could actually get it on over my head, so I just sewed the back up all the way.
I also shortened the sleeves to 3/4 length, and took a good 5 inches off the skirt, because it was a little overwhelming on me as drafted.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I love how it turned out, and as much as I want another one I probably won't make an identical dress. I'm not sure I would make it in a woven fabric, since this cozy knit has spoiled me! I do recommend it if you like the style.
Conclusion: In the end, I really really like this dress. It's like wearing a really comfortable but fashionable sweatshirt. And did I mention the pockets? Pockets! It's even cozier when there's somewhere to put your hands! And I can ride a bike in it, something that would almost certainly be impossible in the woven fabric version of this pattern. Here's to making woven patterns with knits!
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