Pattern: Simplicity 2443
Fabric: Ponte de Roma knit from Hancock’s, 2 yards
There is much to be said for the simple dress. This deviates quite a bit from my usual style, yet I love it! This is the second Cynthia Rowley design that I’ve sewn (first here,) and I think I might be a fan. This dress is actually pretty similar to the first – both have skirts that are just gathered rectangeles, and a waistline that falls between the empire and the natural waistlines. I made this dress because I wanted a simple project, as well as a dress in a neutral color that will work for multiple seasons.
My InStyle magazine this month says that big hair is back – at last, I’m ahead of a trend! (though it should be noted that big hair never left the south, but oh well!)
I love the back of this dress – the racer back is not my usual choice, but it is very flattering. I cut a straight size 8. If I were using a stretchier knit I would size down, but this one was pretty stable. Construction was, for the most part, really simple. The ponte knit was a dream to sew – now I know why everyone raves over it! I used my serger for 3/4 of the construction, and my regular machine with a .5 width zigzag for the rest.
One caution though – the straps were really hard to sew to the body of the dress. I stay-stitched, but then after having to resew the seam several times due to puckers I still got a little stretching. Oh well though – it’s not so bad, and I’m proud of myself for finishing the tricky step!
After the dress was completed I took the straps up by an inch in front and back. I like where the waist falls better now. If I made it again I would make this adjustment before cutting, and deepen the armholes to compensate – you can see where they are a tad short in the front.
This dress feels very much like wearing a t-shirt, which is a good thing. Now I’m going to make up the jacket from the pattern, and think about getting some other doubleknits for more fall projects!