Saturday, March 14, 2015

Simplicity 1804 Knit Dress - a little different

I'm still using up fabric I bought to muslin my Mother of the Bride dress - like 6 yards of this cotton/poly jersey from Girl Charlee. The print is not quite my favorite, but the fabric is a perfect weight for this maxi from Simplicity.


The pattern has been around for several years, and I've given it a pass a couple times. But I liked the idea of the cut-on sleeves on View B and the little twisted front drape on View A. Worth a go...



In the end, I left off the drape and reshaped the sleeves :-) And my favorite part is the shape and fit through the bodice.  



Just a few sewing notes:
  • Sewed a size 14, which has a bust of about 37".
  • Raised the front neckline 2 1/2". The original neckline was low...which is OK for an evening dress, but not exactly comfortable for out and about. I've seen this worn with a cami to fill in the neckline. But why wear more clothes!
  • Lengthened the bodice, front and back by 2 7/8". Otherwise the gathers would have been right at my bust apex. I've noticed that a lot of sewists have made this adjustment to the pattern.
  • Added 4" to the skirt length, based on the waistline mark. But ended up removing 4" and still taking up a 1 1/2" hem! And I'm 5'7". Crazy. 
  • Left off the waistline seam elastic - the fit is close without it, I'm not sure why it's suggested.
  • Changed the sleeve by lopping off the pointy parts. I made them to the pattern first, but...no. I really did not like the points! Without them, the sleeve looks like a long butterfly sleeve.


I'm not over the moon on this one, but I think it's my fabric (that print)...the dress is really comfortable and has good lines. The bodice is so pretty - I'll try it again.


Bye for now! Coco

25 comments:

  1. The changes you made gave you a dress that looks great on you! Even though you don't love the print, I'm sure you'll enjoy wearing it since it fits so well.

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    1. Thank you, Beverly. I think I like it more now, a few days out, and having worn it a lot!

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  2. I like it, but it fabric doesn't have the tropical vibe you do so well.

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    1. I know - I think I miss my orange, yellow, green and so on :-)

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  3. Hi Coco, Good for you for using up all that stash :-) Your changes to the neckline are really nice, and the overall loose drape will be so comfy. As Nancy said, the print is not your usual tropical but it is a great dress nonetheless.

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    1. Thanks, Mary. It is really comfy - and I do have lots of other fabrics to do it in. This is just so subdued!

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  4. Well the dress looks great and comfortable and wearable. Not everything needs to be a favorite and we all need something pretty to wear while the favs are in the wash! :-)

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  5. A lovely dress. You are making quite a collection of beautiful long flowing dresses.

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    1. Thank you, BeaJay. I live in maxi's...just so comfortable here.

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  6. This is a beautiful dress! Lovely - you have been making amazing dresses lately. g

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  7. it is a nice dress, love the shape of it, if you don't wnat to wear it as a dress, you can wear it to lounge around the house on sew days !

    Helen

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    1. Indeed - love those sew days! thanks so much...

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  8. I love the shape of the bust and sleeves. The effect is very elegant and graceful on you.

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    1. Thanks, Sara. Bust and sleeve are my favorite parts. Can always borrow them for another garment...I love to mix things up.

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  9. That's a beautiful pattern, shame you're not keen on the fabric because it looks lovely from here.

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    1. Thanks, Ruth. It is a pretty fabric. I'm getting more used to it, but it needs something besides roses!

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  10. I love the print and the pattern too. Both look lovely on you!

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  11. Oh yes, I like this shape and I think it loves you too!

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    1. Thanks, Anne - I'll do it again in something more Sui :-)

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  12. Nice dress and it fits you beautifully.

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I love it that you came by...and thank you for your comments! Coco