Pattern Description: Simplicity Circa 1943 Misses retro dress includes front inset with V or jewel neckline with button detail, front bodice ruching and pleated front slim skirt. Dress can be made with long or 3/4 sleeves. Simplicity archives vintage pattern
Pattern Sizing: 6 - 14. I made a 14. My measurements lay somewhere between a 14 and 16 but I chose to make the 14 as is as my fabric is a knit and has a light stretch to it. Plus the pattern only went to a 14. Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes I think it does. Here is another view.
Were the instructions easy to follow?Very easy and I did use them for this one. The pleats need patience and time spent on them. I recommend hand basting each individual pleat down, then hand baste at the top along the edge. I even hand basted the front V piece to the front side and skirt pieces to ensure that it all went together evenly. It made all the difference and I recommend you trying this first without wasting time trying to do it quickly another way. I took it apart 3 times before I went to this method.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the fit of the dress - it's quite flattering and a very different look from anything that I own.
The only thing I don't like is that the back facing can't lie totally flat as you need to turn the edge under. It would have been better to have left it flat and I'm sure I could have done this with some forethought.
Fabric Used: A mystery poly knit that I bought from an Op shop. As soon as I saw it I knew it was earmarked for this dress and I had just enough so it was perfect.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Originally I went for a longer sleeve but decided that the 3/4 suited this dress better. I also sewed the sleeve in flat rather than as a set in sleeve. I find this method really easy and I don't know why someone would choose a set in sleeve over sewing it in flat.
I did not make a muslin for this one and I'm glad I didn't because I didn't need to change anything. The reason I did this was because my fabric was super cheap and it had stretch so I was confident I could change things slightly if I needed to. In the end I made no alterations at all.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?Not sure. It's very distinct and I don't know if I need another one but I do have a fabric that could work so I might make it again - perhaps a dressy one to wear for the evening
This actually went together really quickly. I started cutting on Saturday evening and it was done by Sunday night - much quicker than I expected. Not having to muslin was a big part of this though.