|Pattern Description: |
Simplicity circa 1943 Misses' retro dress includes front inset with V or jewel neckline with button detail, front bodice ruching and pleated front slim skirt
12 (probably took in a bit due to use of stretch fabric)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes....Does anyone else have the problem of not being able to divorce the envelope colors from the pattern? I always seem to gravitate towards choosing fabrics like the ones in the picture!
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Sorry, don't remember.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The retro look really appealed to me. There are a lot of design possibilities as well.
ITY jersey. I call this Spiderman fabric - it's a bit crazy. But I figure, if I'm going to sew and make something that no one else has, I should use interesting fabric and make a statement. After all, don't I want people to notice my outfit so I can say "Yeah, I made this?"
This pattern is not made for knits, but I had this fabric on hand (Gorgeous Fabrics, purchased last year). I originally bought some for a skirt, but then decided to make this pattern and ordered more. The ITY worked well with this pattern because the pleats drape nicely.
The alignment of the print on the back is not exactly slimming, but my hair looks good in this picture: rear
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I eliminated the zipper, which you obviously don't need in a knit.
I used the front facing, stitched in the ditch on the outside, and left the edges unfinished on the inside. This knit will not ravel, and I didn't want to spend a lot of time on something I'll only wear 4x/year. However, if I was using a woven, I would turn under the facing and hand-tack to the seam allowance. I finished the back neckline with self-fabric binding and top-stitched.
I actually lowered the point of the v-shaped neckline (usually I have to raise them).
Also added contrast band to sleeve.
Because I usually have bad results hemming knits, I have taken to fusing interfacing to the hem first or using steam-a-seam to glue it in place before stitching. On this one I actually didn't even stitch it (gasp!). If the fusing starts to come apart after washing, I can go back and sew the hem in place.
No sew hem
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I will definitely make this again, maybe in a lightweight silk.
--Be careful of your fabric choice, as the pleats at the lower front middle add a lot of bulk to the seams.
--Make sure you fold the pleats on the outside. For my mock-up, I did it on the inside and had to try the dress on inside out.