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|Simplicity: 3515 (Hannah Montana Dress/Jacket) - Type:Dresses |
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|Posted on:||6/20/13 3:28 PM |
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|Pattern Rating:||Recommend, with Modifications |
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|Fabric:||Cotton [See other projects in this fabric]|
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Girl's sleeveless dress/tunic. Pattern also includes a jacket and cropped pants.
8-16. I cut out a size 8 dress with modifications (see below).
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, although after I read through them and made the dress once, I made it again and did some changes that made the dress sew up quicker with the same results.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The armholes gap on this dress. Also, the tie is only sewn down in the front and not from side seam to side seam. I had to fiddle with this quite a bit to fix both of these issues and I'm still not happy with the neckline, but will work on that with the next version. I should have known something was up with this pattern when they only show the model wearing the dress while wearing the jacket.
Cotton calico from JoAnn Fabrics (NAYY)
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
To help fix the gaping armholes and make sure the neckline fit, I cut a size 8, but I moved the front and back dress pattern pieces about 5/8" from the fold to give us more room in the dress. We needed this as the first version was a bit too tight.
I made only one tie and attached it from side seam to side seam and made it just overlap and button in the back. Here's a picture of the back.
When I made this version, I did not use bias tape on the underarms. Copying a similar dress in ready to wear, I serged the underarm hole after I sewed the front to the back. I then turned under this and top stitched. Please click here and here to see.
I also applied the neckline differently than what was directed in the pattern. I sewed the outer neck piece and the lining as directed. Then I sewed them together, right sides together at the neck hole part, trimmed, turned and pressed. Then I treated this as one piece and attached it to the dress using my serger. I then turned under the resulting seam allowance and top stitched. Pictures here and here.
I also trimmed about 1/2" from the under arm seam and angled the top of the armholes in kind of opposite of what you think you need to do when attaching this. Both of these steps helped a lot in the armhole gaping. This was addition to cutting a size 8 armhole. My daughter wears a 10-12 in ready to wear.
I lengthened the dress about 4" past the size 16 length.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
After all that work of modifying the dress to get the armholes correct (and the neckline is still a bit off), yes I will. We have fabric in the dryer, as I type this, waiting for version #3. I also want to try to make this with the matching jacket in some nice linen someone gave me.
I had this pattern in my stash for quite a while. We were unable to find dresses that were long enough in the stores to wear to church. I remembered this pattern and thought we'd give it a try. We are really pleased with how it finally turned out with all the changes. Definitely worth the time and effort.
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