Friday, July 3, 2009

My Cozumel Dress AKA Simplicity 3503

Pattern Description:
Misses Day or Evening Knit Dress or Gown

Pattern Sizing:
6-22. I initially cut a 14 bodice and 16 skirt but once I started assembly and saw how much ease there was, it ended up being a 12.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes. I made view E without the jeweled neckline

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. I had no trouble making this dress. At some point I ceased to refer to the directions. Construction was a breeze.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The pattern was well drafted although there is a ton of ease. Even after I had to go back in and take in the sides, everything still went together very well. I would definately recommend cutting at least one size smaller than your usual. My favorite part of this dress is the neckline. It is very flattering and appropriate for a number of occassions.

Fabric Used:
A slinky turquoise fabric from denver. I call it my "Cozumel Dress' just because the color reminds me of the gorgeous azure waters there.
Once assembled the dress was on the heavy side due to the weight of the fabric. I ended up topstitching the neckline all the way around to keep it flat.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I didn't do a FBA because of the stretch of the fabric. I ended up not having as many bust gathers as on the envelope but it still came out well. I also omitted the pockets-I didn't think they were necessary with the fabric or for look I was going for. Finally I chopped about5-6 inches off the skirt. I initially shortened the skirt by about 3 inches before cutting and still had to take off at least 2 more when it was done. I have to wear this dress with heels but it floats around the ankles which I love.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I don't know that I will sew view E again but I definitely want to sew view A.

Conclusion: I really like this pattern and am very pleased with the result. I wanted another maxi dress and this pattern allowed me to give simplicity 3803 a break! LOL. I highly recommend it.

LOL, and yes I was in World Market posing for pictures.

Bottom Line:
Fabric: 2.5 yds @$4=$10
Notions: facing and thread from my stash
Total $10!


knitmachinequeen (KMQ) said...

That dress is beautiful. I don't think the maxi dress is quite my style but your dress has me changing my mind!

gold said...

I just made this dress and love it!! You look good in your maxi dress!!

Adrienne said...

Beautiful! I am so gonna have to try this pattern! I THOUGHT I was finished making maxi dresses for the season! LOL

Meg said...

You look gorgeous, that dress is divine.

Pam~Off The Cuff ~ said...

Great dress, the color and style on you is so pretty....and I bet you wowed them at the market :)

Lisa H. said...

Great dress. The color is so beautiful on you.