The "often reviewed knit dress with the midriff ruching that I was sure would not be flattering because of the ruching so I held off on purchasing it until the multiple reviews convinced me otherwise."
Simplicity 3775, knit dress in two lengths with bodice, waist, and sleeve length variations.
Available in sizes 4 to 20. This dress is view D with three-quarter length sleeves, sewn as a size 12, with FBA, tapering to a 14 at the waist/hip line.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Oh so much better. I have liked every version that I have seen reviewed on PatternReview, - over 20 reviews now - and without those reviews I would have passed this pattern up because of my fear of extra bulk at the waistline created by the ruching.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
This is a simple to sew dress pattern with total sewing time under two hours.
- Begin by adding gathering the front bodice pieces underneath the bust.
- Instructions now tell you to sew the side seams and the shoulder seams - I only sewed the shoulder seams at this point so I could sew the sleeves in flat.
- The neckband is sewn on and the right front bodice is lapped over the left and basted in place.
- Sew the sleeves in flat and sew the side seam (sleeves and bodice.)
- Sew the skirt front to the skirt back at the side seams.
- The mid-section is two pieces - an inside midriff section and an outer section that is ruched. Working with front and back sections separately, the outer - or overlay as they call it - is gathered at the side edges and placed on top of the midriff section with both pieces right side up. The gathers are adjusted to fit the side seam, basted in place and the side seams are sewn.
- The under section is narrower than the overlay - which seemed odd as I was constructing the dress but I discovered that it acts as a "girdle" when I wear the dress.
- The upper edge of the midriff is now sewn to the bodice and the lower edge is sewn to the skirt. I tried to match the pattern - as it has a vertical line to the pattern on the knit - but was unable to do.
- The last step is to hem the sleeves and the skirt. I originally cut this skirt in the longer length but after trying it on I shortened it so that it ends right at my knee.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I didn't like it at all when I first saw it in the pattern catalog. While I liked the cross over bodice and gentle flare of the skirt, I had concerns about all of that fabric at my waistline. I feared it would add bulk but after reading a few reviews, and seeing photos, I was convinced that the ruching was in fact a slenderizing design aspect.
My DH loves this dress and says it is flattering. But it was dinner time and I hadn't begun dinner yet so maybe he was just trying to put me in a good mood and lure me away from the sewing machine.
A polyester / lycra blend purchased from Fabric Club fabrics last July. It was a "buy the piece" so I still have about two yards left. The fabric works great in the midriff section as it has enough weight to pull the midriff under section in tightly acting helping to give that hourglass look.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
As usual, I did an FBA, although not as big as I would in a non-knit fabric. I made a note on my pattern to add an additional 1/2" underneath the bust next time. I needed a little more room so I sewed the front bodice and midriff seam in a 3/8" seam instead of 5/8".
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, once I find the right fabric. This version has a lot of stretch so I want to be careful that I again choose something with a similar weight and stretch.
If you've been holding off on buying this one - get thee to the fabric store during one of the infamous pattern sales and pick it up quickly. You won't regret it.
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