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|Reviewed by:||dalachin|| |
|Posted on:||4/1/13 11:16 AM |
|Last Updated:||6/16/14 11:56 AM|
Simplicity Pattern Info
|Pattern Rating:||Recommend, with Modifications |
|Review Rating:|| Helpful by 1 people Very Helpful by 1 people |
|See other patterns in this category: Dresses |
|Available for sale on PR: $16.95 (See envelope) Click to Buy |
|Fabric:||Linen Blend [See other projects in this fabric]|
|Pattern Description: |
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.
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.
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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