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Simplicity: 1609 (Misses Dress) thumbsup - Type:Dresses    printable version
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Reviewed by:MissZuriB
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Posted on:10/28/13 12:46 PM
Project Photo:Simplicity: 1609 by MissZuriB

Simplicity: 1609 by MissZuriB  
Pattern Photo:Simplicity 1609
Simplicity Pattern Info
Pattern Rating:Easy & Great for Beginners
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Fabric:Cotton Sateen  [See other projects in this fabric]
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Pattern Description:

"Misses' sleeveless, modern 1960's A-line dress has center font seam, fitting darts and back zipper. Choose scalloped collar, neck bow or round neckline. 2 Main pattern pieces."

Pattern Sizing:

6 - 22 I cut a 12

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Yes they were. The way the dress is set-up, its is virtually fail-proof! The instructions just show you what steps need to be taken to add the finishing touches. The instructions show how to properly finish off a sleeveless dress like RTW!

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I loved how quickly it came together. Simple patterns like these are instant gratification, even for the beginner sewer. Because of the two pieces, the beginner does not have to fiddle with matching bodice and skirt and it just seemed simple and not intimidating.

I HATE facings, but I can see why a beginner needs to use them, and they do save time. My initial thought was to add a lining, but the way the facings were cut, the sleeves were finished - a win in my book.

This pattern is also a great intro to collars - in my opinion. I have never sewn a collar, and the pieces and instructions are perfect.

The two pattern pieces will require a bit of work on the dart manipulation to take the waist in, but that is just a personal thing that I have and I will not count it against the pattern.

Fabric Used:

Stretch cotton sateen.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

Because of a lack of planning.... I had to move the zipper to the side. I only had a yellow zipper. Although unplanned, I think I liked this adjustment, it just makes the dress seamless to me?

I also added darts in the neck for my narrow shoulders.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I will sew it again. Yes, I would tell anyone who wants to move past gathered skirts and other loosely fitting dresses to try this.

Conclusion:

I love this dress. I have worn it about a million times! The collar is fun and the buttons make it look like you went right to the 60's to pick this dress up. I'm not usually a 60's kind of person, but, hey, its cute.

I usually say I'm going to make something again... I never do, but this dress is a WINNER!

Also, I love seeing how other people have sewn this dress with great success! So, go try

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canei said...
Nice!!!!
10/28/13 12:56 PM
Bonzai said...
Fun and elegant at the same time! I like it!
10/28/13 12:58 PM
Deepika said...
wow, this dress is stunning. And fail-proof! That's not something we hear about patterns that often. Looks like a winner.
10/28/13 9:14 PM
MissZuriB said...
Thank you ladies! I really do think she's a winner!
10/29/13 0:04 AM
waltzqueen said...
I was in Jr and Sr HS in the 60s and I wore many dress like yours, and yes, I sewed one or two of them. I loved the style then and love it now, on you in particular. The collar is the highlight!
10/31/13 4:06 PM
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