This dress was a hard make for me. Not in the actual sewing but the decision making process weirdly enough! I don’t know why I found it so hard! I literally couldn’t decide on anything from size to cut, to fabrics and trims…
I’m lucky to have made it at all!
I ended up using a metallic brocade with an Aztec styled geometric print over the top. I thought it was an eye catching pattern and colour palette – definitely something I hadn’t seen before! I opted not to bother with piping for this one. I think it would’ve been way too much going on!
The pattern was an interesting one. It’s a simple design – a princess seamed knee length dress with options for short levels and a collar, nothing particularly out of the ordinary, you know? But it was the first pattern I’ve used which came with so many sizing options. You could choose between different cup sizes and hip widths which should ideally give you the best fit. I was debating whether to do a cup size bigger but after plenty of umm-ing and ah-I got and ended up just making a standard size in the bust and hip. I figured that since I have never had to do an FBA on any Simplicity pattern in the past, there’s no reason to believe that it would improve my fit here, right?
My main concern fit wise was actually the length of the bodice itself and whether it would sit on my contours properly as that tends to be something I need to adjust. Luckily it pretty much fit on the first go, so very little tweaking was needed!
I opted for sleeves (no collar though) which were straightforward going in. I was a bit confused as to why the sleeve came in two pieces as I ended up just joining them in a straight seam and it’s exactly how it would’ve been if I’d cut it as one! I think I’m more annoyed that it messed up my pattern matching…
So what do you think of it? I think my fabric choice is a little off putting but I’m pleasantly surprised at the outcome. I think the dress fits well which is the important thing and definitely something I could use time and time again as a wardrobe basic. I could definitely have pressed it a bit better before taking these photos though!