Finally I have finished pictures to share! I’m pleased with this dress. I wanted a casual summer dress I could wear on regular days and I think this works for me. This dress has a slightly high waistline, so that gives me the shape I need at my almost smallest bit.
Note that the waist on this dress is pretty snug compared to the generous ease in most Simplicity patterns. Although I’m a mix of sizes, I usually cut for my shoulders and the waist and hips will fit fine anyway because of the ease. For this dress, I had to grade out one size under the bust to the waist and cut the skirt in the larger size.
This pattern offers some great options, with both a wrap bodice and a shirtfront with collar as well as several different sleeves and a sash. All the pieces fit together without a hitch, though I should note that I didn’t actually take the time to set my sleeves properly. I knew it wouldn’t be terribly obvious with my fabric choice, so I got lazy.
There were a few things I didn’t love. The front and back skirt are the same pattern piece. Are you the same size on the front and back? I’m not – and thank God (or Pilates) for that! This seemed like laziness on Simplicity’s part. To fix this, I cut one skirt in a straight 16 as my front skirt. For the back skirt, I graded out sharply from the waist all the way to the largest size. This created a back skirt that skimmed over my hips rather than clung to my back muffin top. Much more attractive.
I made my usual adjustments: an FBA and a sway back adjustment to reduce the extreme poof of the back bodice. I fully lined the dress in cotton voile and I added this handy little waist pocket for my crackberry!
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