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Posted on:4/1/13 11:16 AM
Last Updated:6/16/14 11:56 AM
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Pattern Photo:Simplicity 2404
Simplicity Pattern Info
Pattern Rating:Recommend, with Modifications
Review Rating: Helpful by 1 people    Very Helpful by 1 people   
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Available for sale on PR: $16.95 (See envelope) Click to Buy
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Fabric:Linen Blend  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description:
Misses Dress
Pattern Sizing:
16, with modifications
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Sort of. See details and pics on my blog: Polka Dot Linen Dress
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I have no idea, I totally ignored them.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Love the classic shape, and the choice of cup sizes.
Fabric Used:
Linen blend from Marcy Tilton.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Lots of changes! I got rid of the pleats, and put in princess seams because the pleats tend to emphasize a stomach, if you have one! (they look lovely if you have a perfect shape, like the model on the pattern envelope). I also made the dress a button front, instead of a zipper back. I thought it would be a fun style, and it also has the benefit of making it possible to nurse while wearing the dress, since I have a baby that is still nursing and so few dresses that I can wear without undressing when she is hungry. I also changed the shape of the neckline-- I thought it gave it a bit more of a flirty character, appropriate to polka dots and the first dress of spring. I fit it pretty loosely, with the thought that this would be a casual summer dress, with the linen comfortable on the skin on a hot day. I cut a size 16 B cup, but ended up taking out the side seams to 1/4 inch at the hips (since it is a 1 inch seam, that is quite significant.) I also added a bit more of a curve to the center back seam (probably a variation of a sway back adjustment?).

Even with all these adjustments, it sewed up pretty quickly... I have mostly been working with knits, and it is actually sort of a pleasure to work with a woven and not have to worry about so much stretch!

The button holes were a challenge though... I ended up buying a buttonholer!

See details on my blog:

Polka Dot Linen Dress

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Absolutely. After fitting it to my shape, I plan to make this my base model sheathe dress-- changing the neckline or the shape of the skirt or adding details will make it different every time. I think I might even try adapting it to a knit, with negative ease.
Conclusion:
I've been looking for a great sheathe dress pattern and this is definitely fits the bill. Great fitting bust especially.
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Jupiter, FL said...
Your dress is lovely and it looks great on you! I am so impressed that you were successfully able to make so many modifications! Huh -- I had to look up this button holer thing you mention -- Never heard of it before. I have a machine with auto button holes, but it doesn't work if there is the least bit of thickness. Verrryy interesting.
4/1/13 2:07 PM
jlg said...
I really like this on you. Great job.
4/1/13 3:58 PM
dalachin said...
The singer "professional" buttonholer works with at least some thickness... I put a buttonhole right on the seam where the bust meets the skirt, and it did skip one stitch, but only one (and I went around twice). It might have done better with a new needle- I haven't changed it lately, come to think of it.
4/2/13 0:17 AM
Carobo said...
Beautiful !
6/16/14 10:00 PM
 
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