Pattern: Simplicity 2444
Fabric: Cotton Sateen print from Eliott Berman, around 2.25 yards
Notes: If you want to see the dress in motion (and hear what I sound like with a cold!) there is a little video review embedded at the end of this post. I’m pleased with how this dress came out – it’s exactly the style I pictured for this fabric when I bought it! The illustration on the pattern envelope isn’t very inspiring, but I could tell from the line drawings (and the wonderful versions made by other sewers) that it would be nice. I ended up cutting a size 8 in the shoulders and a 10 everywhere else. The pattern runs a bit shortwaisted, and if you know your waist is lower I would check that measurement carefully! There is a little extra room in the upper chest – I saw a few other reviewers who mentioned the same issue, so I suspect it’s an issue with the pattern (as I don’t usually have extra room there.)
I considered making the versions with the sleeves, but I wasn’t really happy with them – they were running a bit big on me, so I left them off. I made a few minor alterations. I didn’t include the neckline facings at all – the collar is interfaced and sewn directly to the dress. Honestly, I don’t think the facings are necessary with this collar – when I sewed them on they rippled all over the place (there is a fair bit of easing around curves required to get this collar on – go slowly!) It’s not like anyone is looking down my collar anyway, so I just serged the collar seam allowances and tacked them down by stitching in the ditch at the shoulder seams.
I did not shorten the dress – it’s pretty much exactly knee length on me (I’m about 5’8″.) I really like this pattern, and I’d be interested in giving the version with the cape collar a go – I have a cherry printed swiss dot that might be really cute for summer! I sewed the hem using the method I posted the other day.
I recently realized that my camera does video, so I taped a tiny little review so that you can get an idea of what the dress looks like in motion. I’ve seen a few others do that, and it was very helpful. As it turns out, I’m fine in front of an audience, but a camera is really intimidating – watch the part where I give the wrong pattern number, oops!