|Simplicity: 2054 (Misses knit dress and cowl collar) - Type:Dresses |
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|Fabric:||Double Knit [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: |
Misses' knit dresses and cowl, Cynthia Rowley Collection.
6-14, I cut a 14
Finished measurements 37.5/37.5/45. My measurements are 39.5/34/43
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Pretty much - mine is shorter
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Directions? The front and back are cut on the fold plus sleeves. My kind of pattern.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Dislikes? There are two issues I have and both are very easily fixed.
1) there is a TON of ease at the waist. The Simplicity size 14 measurements are 36/28/38 so there is wearing/design ease of 1.5" at the bust and 7" at the hip and 9.5" (!!!) at the waist.
2) the upper part of the sleeve through the elbow is very fitted, then it just continues to the wrist as opposed to narrowing. I will have to take the wrist in a bit as there's 2" of fabric there.
Likes? This dress is pretty much perfect other than those 2 small things. I LOVE the fit. It flatters the figure just right and you can really change the feel of it easily.
Leave it longer for a more conservative look. But it makes a perfect mini dress and would be great in fall/winter with leggings or tights and boots. It would be cute in summer as a mini with flats.
It is so quick and easy to construct. It took just a few minutes to cut it out (okay unless you're matching a pattern) and I constructed it totally on the serger.
The sleeve cut out is inconspicuous and kind of different. I like it.
It's such a simple design (no darts, gathers, tucks, etc) that you can really go wild with a fabric selection...makes it interesting
Striped double knit from SR Harris in Minneapolis.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I added an inch above the elbow to the sleeve and should've added extra at the end too. I have a 5/8" hem and the sleeves are maybe bracelet length.
There is a pattern piece for the binding at the neckline but I didn't cut it out...it's a rectangle. It measured 2" x 21" for the size 14. I just cut out the appropriate size rectangle from my pattern.
I was nervous about the finished garment measurements compared to mine so I used 3/8" seams (5/8" at the shoulders) giving myself an extra inch. however, I didn't need this extra at the waistline. I ended up taking it in through the waist, removing about an inch total.
I fully intended to do a swayback adjustment but was talking to my parents on the phone when I started cutting it out and FORGOT! Darn it. I needed it too.
Another thing to note, I did not need to do a narrow shoulder adjustment on this one.
The photo Here shows the full length before hemming. I didn't like it quite that long and then I decided to end at the white part because the sleeves ended there. When I pinned it up I liked it as a mini and decided to go that route.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I definitely plan to sew this again. I want a full length version, I want a version with 3/4 sleeves...I want. I want. I want!
I know this is an old pattern but I'm bringing it back. I know it looks like a sack somewhat on the pattern but I think it's one of those sleeper patterns. It fits wonderfully and is so comfortable!
I'm also very proud of my binding at the neckline! Also added by serger!!
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