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|Simplicity: 1913 (Misses' & Miss Petite Dresses) - Type:Dresses |
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|Reviewed by:||Pink Flamingo|
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|Posted on:||7/16/13 6:09 AM |
|Last Updated:||7/16/13 8:38 AM|
Simplicity Pattern Info
|Pattern Rating:||Recommend, with Modifications |
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|Fabric:||Wool Woven [See other projects in this fabric]|
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This is a princess line bodice with waist seam and options for slightly flared or straight skirt. Short or 3/4 sleeves as well as collar and other trimmings/embellishment options.
I made my usual depressing alterations: size 8 bust and sleeves, tapering out the side seams to around a size 12 at the waist. However, for this pattern I had to then go back and take in the waist a lot anyway, so I probably need not have bothered!
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes - although I made quite a few pattern alterations which changed the final look (see below)
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, very easy to follow.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Like all Project Runway patterns, I love the fact that there are so many variations built into the pattern - it feels like value for money and it means that multiple dresses can be made that don't look identical! The project runway patterns always have quite a 'fun' vibe to them.
HOWEVER, I did encounter a few issues with this pattern, as follows. (most of these are personal preference)
1) The bodice sits above the natural waistline. (not completely obvious from just the pattern picture). I only realised this once I had cut it out, so I had to do a very minimal seam allowance to try and eek out as much bodice length as possible. If I were to make this again, i would definitely be adding in some length to the waist.
2) The skirt length is quite short! Again, I was in a hurry, and stupidly didn't do my usual lengthening of the skirt pattern before cutting out. I had to do a VERY minimal hem (ie, bias binding!) to try and make the length passable. If you are tall or have long legs like me, then I would recommend double checking the length before cutting out.
3) The gathers at the skirt waistline were extremely unflattering. I think this is partly because I was using a wool, which, although quite drapey, is still a little bulky. It might look fine when using a finer fabric, but for me, with this project, it was just hideous. I ended up making two tucks in the front to accommodate the excess fabric, and putting in two darts in the back.
4) The collar is stitched on once the bodice and lining have been joined. This is fine, but the raw edges of the collar are left unfinished, on the outside of the garment. Even though this is hidden by the collar itself, I just couldn't abide the thought of unfinished raw edges on the exterior, so I bound these with some grosgrain ribbon I had lying around.
Fabric Used: I used some sort of lolly pink wool from my fabric stash - it's got quite a loose weave, but I'm unsure of its technical name!
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Apart from the alterations above, I also did the following:
1) I lined the skirt (it's a winter dress, so I wanted to make sure it didn't stick to my stockings!)
2) I also interlined the back skirt with silk organza to stabilise it
3) I also used strips of silk organza to stabilise the zipper
4) I made a stiff, wide belt rather than a tie, in order to cinch in the waist and hide a somewhat messy waist join.
5) I made a detachable bow for the neck/collar
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I probably will sew this again - albeit, with alterations! I would like to try the flared, short sleeved version for summer.
A bit frustrating during the construction process with all the changes, but I think the end result looks OK!
More details on my experience making this dress can be found on my blog: Vintage Notions
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