Pattern: Simplicity 1715
Size: 12, curvy, B-cup
Fabric: Cashmere blend from Walthamstow market
I was originally planning to make the long-sleeved version with the neck adornments but had a last-minute change of heart as I worried my fabric choice would make that too hot. So I went for the sleeveless and will layer it. Turns out the fabric isn't as thick and woolly as I thought it was, but better safe than sorry!
As you may know by now, I'm usually a lot more impressed with the indie designers, but I have to give credit where it's due, and say that Simplicity have absolutely nailed it with this pattern. It's pretty much impossible to get a bad fit, AND there's no need for a muslin!!! There are so many different options in one pattern - overall size, cup size, slim, average, or curvy.
|Doing an impression of the girl on the pattern. She looked so peachy-keen.|
I opted for a 12, curvy, with a B-cup and I didn't have to make a single alteration. Had I needed to, however, there's a stage to do that built in to the pattern. Everything is basted together and then there's a point where you can try the dress on, tweak and adjust, and then properly sew up the seams once you're happy with them. AMAZING!!
|Lovely princess seams give great shape|
I topstitched the waist, as the seam wasn't lying flat and upsetting my silhouette which simply won't do! Topstitching is always attractive in my mind so I was happy to add that stage.
I'm really pleased with my zip. The waist joins don't entirely line up at the back, but otherwise it's pretty neat and for my first lapped zip I'm very pleased. I think I'm getting the hang of zips now although look forward to making a couple of things that don't involve them!
|You probably can't see, but there's a lovely double dart at the back courtesy of the curvy version|
|"Nice dress, Mum." "Thanks, Tobes."|