Sunday, March 25, 2012

Simplicity 2444

I put this dress together as a sizing trial run for this pattern, Simplicity 2444. I'm pretty happy with the result, after some tweaking. What pattern doesn't need tweaking though? There were options for short, long, or no sleeves, as well as a boat neck, stand collar, or a gathered cape collar. Since I was most interested in the bodice fit and was a bit short on fabric, I opted for the standard boatneck and short sleeves.

Excuse the dopey in-the-mirror shot. It's tough to photograph yourself!

After wearing it all day today, I'm pretty happy with the end result, although I think I do not like the box pleat in the front center of the skirt. Who wants extra fabric there?? Ugh. Next time, I I'll redraft the skirt pieces to skip the pleats, just an A-line skirt. I added cuffs to the sleeves - a plain hem seemed a bit homespun.

The fabric was cheap quilting cotton on sale from JoAnn's. Not my first choice for apparel, but since I was essentially making a muslin, it might as well be something I liked in case the dress did turn out ok! There are pockets in the side seams, but they kind of make the skirt poof out in an awkward way. Like I said, this is a test run, so not-perfect is ok with me!

Now to try this pattern with some ice blue lace! I'm thinking of changing the neckline into a V-neck because I find that more flattering. That will mean altering some seam placements and raising the back neckline. No skirt pleats, no pockets, and 3/4 sleeves, too. Hmm....some redrafting is in my future!


PepperToast said...

Very sweet dress. I especially love the cuffs that complement the waistband/bow perfectly and don't even get me started with the pearls LOL!!!!

As far as the skirt pleats, I think a petticoat/crinoline or stiff fabric is more suited, as the skirt stands out nicely. I personally can't pull off gathering on my post 3 large babies tummy, no matter how slim I get! The pockets however are nice for me because it add curves to my straight hips.

Your future plans sound really great, especially ice blue lace. I'll keep an eye out for it with interest.

Domina said...

Thanks for the reply - I thought a petticoat or crinoline would help,too. How did you make yours? I made a long petticoat from a fine lawn to wear under longer skirts, but it doesn't add much volume. Did you use cotton?