Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Simplicity 2896

Pattern Description: Misses & Miss Petite Dress, Jacket, Pants, Shorts and Tie Belt

I made the dress which is view A.

Pattern Sizing: 6-24. I cut a a 16 in both the bust and hips. I ended up having to take it in several inches on the sides but that's because I am losing weight and keep forgetting to adjust accordingly.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes! I love the classic nature of this dress and how flattering it is. It is a simple dress that is really hard to goof up. I can see myself wearing this dress to work or a casual lunch.

Were the instructions easy to follow? I didn't actually follow the directions when it came to sewing but I did skim over them prior to sewing and they were very clear and easy to understand.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love how well drafted this pattern was and how easy it went together. Even after having to take the dress in about 1 1/2" on each side it still fits perfectly. I worked on this dress over the course of a few nights but you could easily knock it out in a few hours. I have no dislikes.

Fabric Used: A stretch sateen fabric purchased from fabric.com. It was labeled 'stretch cotton sateen mykah purple'

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I shortened the dress by a couple of inches which is usual for me. After hemming it hits right at the knee which is perfect. I also only used an 18" zipper instead of a 22". My gathers are in the center front instead of on each side. I tried to keep the circles lined up but realized it didn't really matter. I did a basic overlock stitch on the edge of the facing for a clean finish.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I do plan to sew this dress again in a color more suited for fall. I also plan to sew both the jacket and pants from this pattern since they have both gotten great reviews on PR.

Conclusion: A solid pattern that is a great wardrobe builder. I highly recommend it for ease of sewing, clear directions, and the classic garments you can make with it.

Bottom Line:
  • Fabric=$3.98 (2 yds @ 1.99/yd)
  • Zipper=$1.49
  • Pattern=$.99
  • Total ~$6.50

1 comment:

Sheila said...

Lovely dress and awesome print. You did a fantastic job on the zipper.