|Simplicity: 2648 (Misses ) - Type:Dresses |
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|Fabric:||Brocade [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|I made View A (short sleeves), with the intention of subbing the button placket for the faux belt, but when I finished the dress, I felt the button placket was too dominant, so I removed it. |
This pattern is easy to make, even for me, a relative newbie. The 1" seam allowances at the side seams really helped with fitting. Once I'd sewn the other seams and inserted the zipper, I used my dress form to fit the side seams.
The most difficult aspect of making this dress was that I had to alter the princess seams to be closer together because I have a narrow rib cage. The impressive fitting tips offered in the pattern instructions helped me make this adjustment successfully! I also had to adjust the sleeves. As drafted, they were simply too large and dominated my small shoulders. I fixed the problem by making an extra pleat at the top of the armscye ... basically fudging it. I had to ease the sleeve into the armscye, but in the end it looked good. I would definitely recommend doing this to get a cuter, more fitted sleeve.
I liked Simplicity's method of basting the dress together, making alterations, and resewing. Yes, it's time consuming, and I think it's important to be careful not to distort your fabric as you remove basting stitches, but the extra step allowed me to get a perfect fit without making a muslin. More experienced sewers might not need to do the basting first, but I did.
I would definitely sew this dress again and recommend it to others. The classic princess-seam style would work for many body types and fabric choices. Just keep in mind that the dress is not lined, so choose your fabric accordingly. I finished all the seams (including the princess seams) using the overlock stitch on my regular sewing machine, which worked well for the fray-prone brocade I chose.
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