Monday, April 5, 2010

So Yesterday

Really this was from last weekend but with the beautiful weather, family, and life in general I'm just now sitting down to post this review.

Pattern Description:
Simplicity 2801 Misses Day or Evening Dress. I made view F which is full length and sleeveless with gathers in the center bodice

Pattern Sizing: Available in 6-20. I cut a 14

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Absolutely

Were the instructions easy to follow? Very

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I really love how simple yet flattering this pattern is not to mention it didn't take very long to construct. I had cut it out a couple of weeks ago and started construction around 7pm Friday, worked for about 2 hours, then got up Saturday morning and was finished before 10am. In my opinion this pattern ran a little big as I cut a 14 and have plenty of room in the bodice and hips whereas I normally have to make adjustments for this.

Fabric Used: A lightweight jersey knit
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I omitted the zipper as the knit had enough stretch to it that a zipper was not necessary. I wasn't completely satisfied with how I finished the sleeves as the instructions suggest you tack down the sleeves with fusible web or some other means. Because of the material I chose, you could actually see where the web was used. I ended up only placing a few pieces under the arm and just hoping the ends didn't fly out until I found a more permanent solution I like. I will say that the sleeves stayed in place during the entire evening, including dancing, so I may just leave them as is. I didn't not make any design changes.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will not sew this again as one of this pattern is enough. I would recommend it if you are looking for a simple yet flattering dress.

Conclusion: Overall a decent pattern but lacks that wow factor. It was appropriate for a low key evening wedding which is what I made it for so it worked out well. I'm actually thinking of chopping several inches off the bottom and making it a short version (doesn't have a letter on the envelope) as I would probably get more wear out of it.

Bottom Line:
3 yds @ 1.95/yd =5.85
Notions: thread and facing from stash


Brenda said...

I read your blog but have never commented. I enjoy seeing the outfits you make. I have been making clothes for church. Keep up the good work!

Eugenia said...

Fabulous dress! I love the interesting neckline and the colour of that fabric is gorgeous.

Eugenia said...

Fabulous dress! I love the interesting neckline and the colour of that fabric is gorgeous.