Saturday, August 11, 2007

Simplicity 3874 Complete

Pattern Review

Misses' dress with bodice variations and jacket

Pattern sizing:
8 to 24, I made a 12, should have made a 10 in the bodice. Two years ago I lost 15 pounds and kept it off (hurray) but I still have a hard time with sizes. Knits - always go down a size when it is a woven pattern, at least that is my conclusion.

Very good with the lining process and attaching the casing.

Likes and dislikes:
I like the style on the pattern envelope but not sure on me- my body shape is "H", straight up and down, little waist definition or athletic, whatever you want to call it. I don't think this is extremely flattering. IMHO, I need the casing more at my waistline - Opinions?

I do like the cool style - cool as in fabric and cool as in not hot. It was 103 today, and excessive heat warnings for the next 4 days. I love my dress for this weather.

Knit from Gorgeous Fabrics

What did I change?
A knit fabric so the zipper went bye-bye! I added 1" to the bodice and then took 3" off the length.

What I should have changed?
First, don't get so excited to start a project without checking the Pattern Review website for other's opinions. I would have read the bodice is big and the neckline to high. Slow down, Lori (note to self).

Would I sew it again?
Probably not, unique design and not sure it is me.

A fun dress from the dog days of summer. It does need heels and jewelry to spice it up. As one review stated, it can be a bit dowdy. The bodice is a bit big but I can readjust the cinched tie to distribute the gathers for a better look, I needed to do that before I snapped the picture.


  1. hmmm....i don't know if the casing needs to be lower, but it does need to be tighter, to come closer to the body. the jacket on this pattern seems to be a "must have" for the fall.

  2. Lori, my first reaction was that I love it! I think it's a perfect summer dress. I'm also a H/rectangle and agree that we look better with things at our waist to give that definition. Having said this I think you should still wear the dress as it's very flattering. I disagree with Teri though about pulling in the casing.

  3. I think it looks great on you. The large print looks good with that style dress, too.

    I agree with you on checking PR first. I have gotten many good tips that let me avoid unnecessary alterations later.

  4. I think that it looks wonderful and agree that with a jacket, you could wear it into fall.

  5. Great looking dress. I really like the fabric. Love teals and browns.