Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Made by Me - Simplicity 2246 - Traveller Dress
This is Simplicity 2246, one of the Lisette range currently in the catalogue. I used a chambray with a silky feel I picked up at Tessuti fabrics. Lovely to wear.
I cut a 16 top and 18 skirt, but think I could cut 16 below the waist too - there is rather a lot of ease there.
Alterations: lowered the bust dart, omitted lower pockets, lengthened 10cm, shorted the sleeve to above elbow length and added width.
Thumbs up: An easy to sew pattern, very straightforward. Kudos to me for getting this set-in sleeve about right, a feat I've never been able to achieve prior to this. To do this, I ran three gathering lines between the notches, pinned it into the armhole to get the fit, then steam shrunk it over a tailor's ham, then re-pinned with gazillion pins and sewed from the sleeve side - it worked! I also sewed the underarm area twice, as this area will take a bit of stress.
Thumbs down: Brickbats to me for omitting a button - I used 8 instead of the specified nine. After wearing it for a day, I realise why 9 was specified. Hmm - a few discreet snaps are in order to take up the slack. I'm also not a fan of the cut-in-one collar and stand. When I make this again, I'll revert to the traditional collar and stand.
Verdict - I enjoyed making this dress, and enjoy wearing it.
Now I'll just have to figure out how to photograph this stuff properly.