Stash Increase and Not a Pattern Review for S2337
I mentioned earlier that I bought some fabric when I went shopping with Karen yesterday. Here’s what I bought…
First up is a faux fur from Paron’s. Ever since I saw Claudine’s faux fur skirt, I knew I would have to make my own. I don’t know if I’m going to make mine as short though since my legs aren’t half as nice as Claudine’s. At this point, I’m thinking I’ll just use my TNT pattern, . Instead of a back slit though, I might do two side slit. That way I could cut the back on the fold. Of course, I’ll have to use a side zip then. I will face it with a different fabric. Don’t know what yet, and it will definitely be lined.
Next up is a purchase which I might put in the regret column. In the store I was bedazzled by it. I hope Karen didn’t think I had the worst taste. But I was irresistably drawn to it like a moth to methI mean, to a flame. It held the holy trifecta for me: it was shiny, it had purple in it, and it was brocade. And let’s not forget that animal prints are really in right now. Of course this is slated for a pencil skirt. So what do you think? Did I temporarily lose my mind? Please weigh in!
And last but definitely not least, my son’s couture choice of Thomas the Train flannel which shall of course be made into jammies. This morning, he asked me if I had made the pj’s yet. So cute!
Now for the not a pattern review of Simplicity 2337…
Since both of my muslins were disasters, my final dress was basically another muslin. It’s wearable, but not perfect. I started with the sz 14, but should have gone with the 12 and therefore made many, many fitting changes along the way:
- took in the side seams
- straightened out the hip curves
- drastically reduced the width of the middle panel between the side panels, especially the side opposite of the pleats
- elongated the bottom two pleats
- took out an inch from the shoulder seams, thereby raising the dress an inch
- put darts in the back neckline and facing
What these changes accomplished:
- the fit of the dress from the ribcage down was spot on
- the decollete was work appropriate and flattering
- the bottom of the armscye was then too high
- shortened the dress
- the back neckline was disaster with gaposis and too much height, even with the added darts
- the fullness of the bust was not in the right place for my bust
- the armscye shape was changed and the sleeve cap was too big (but I forgot about this unfortunately until it was too late, or until I was too tired to care anymore)
Let’s look at the final front picture, shall we? Note the arrows pointing to the problem areas.
As you can see, the fit at the top of the bodice is less than stellar, but I am quite pleased with the rest of the dress. As a matter of fact, my favorite part is the sleeve with button details:
Some more construction details…
A couple of notes if any of you are planning on making this dress:
- sizing is wildly different for different types of fabrics (i.e., stretch factor). In fact, I believe this dress was drafted only with wovens in mind.
- the skirt is a little on the short side, partly because I raised the shoulder seam. I had to use a minimal hem to get it to an attractive length at the knee.
- the sleevecap may have excess ease, be sure to check before you try to ease it.
- there are a few missing dots and/or notches on this pattern, beware!
- the princess seam side panel is frustratingly curved, even with extreme clipping. I also think it might be too wide since it puffed out quite a bit at the side of the bust.
Conclusion: I will make this dress again, but I need some distance from the project for awhile. When I do, I will do the following:
- start with a sz 12 for double knit or a sz 14 for a woven
- shorten the bodice between the bust and the shoulder 1 inch
- lengthen the skirt so I can have a decent hem
- include all the other changes I made to my final dress (listed above).
Did I mention how much I loved my buttons???