Misses, pants or shorts, jacket and knit dress or top and tie belt.
I made the dress which has faced band at the neck which is round at the front with gathers and v-shaped at the back. The sleeves are cut on cap sleeves gathered with an elastic casing.
8 - 16 and 16 - 24
I made a size 14 at bust and waist grading out to a 16 at the hip although I could probably have got away with cutting a straight 14. My waist and hip measurements are currently right in the middle between a size 14 an 16 on Simplicity's size chart.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, although the pattern on my fabric hides some of the details a little.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions were fine, although I sewed the neck band to the dress in one step in the same way that Pamela Erny describes here for the Hot patterns Weekender Sunshine Top.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I really like some of the design details on this dress:-
- The neckband sits nicely and I love the little v at the back.
- The gathered sleeves are sweet without being to puffy.
- Nice shaping through the waist and back.
- My copy of this pattern was printed incorrectly so the sheet with most of the dress pattern pieces had the cutting lines marked but no text. The pattern was still usable but it might be worth checking this if you have a copy.
Rayon lycra knit. The diagonal pattern on this fabric caused a bit of head scratching when I was cutting this out but I managed to get the pattern to meet up quite well at the side seams. The pattern placement on the back could be better on either side of the centre back seam but I don't have to see that!
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I added 4 inches to the length to bring the skirt just below my knee.
I had to shorten the sleeve elastic by 1 inch for a closer fit.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I will certainly make this as a top and might make the dress again in a fabric that shows up the details a little better.
I do recommend this pattern for the dress/top at least, I am unlikely to make the other items.
This is a really nice knit dress pattern.