As you remember I bought this pattern from Simplicity as I just loved it. I finished the dress about a month ago, just did not blog about it.
The first dress that I made using this pattern, was view A in size 14. Since then I found out that simplicity pattern sizing shows high bust measurement as the bust. So making garments in size 14 end up way too big on me. Before this came to my attention (by reading Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing) I started using the finished garment dimensions to choose my correct size. This is what I did with this dress.
For my second dress, I chose to make view C but modified the skirt as I do not really like the way the original one falls. I just excluded the godets and re-drew the skirt lines so I ended up with a less full skirt, more like an A-line one. (I am still thinking of making it with a pencil skirt, you know a bit more fitted, or even a skirt with pleats rather than godets. What do you think?)
I also chose to add piping. I looked at my local Abakhan store for some ready made bias tape but was not lucky enough to find some in yellow, to go with my fabric. But no big deal, I know how to make my own bias tape, thanks to so many tutorials on the internet. Don’t remember which one used now 😦 …. I found some bright yellow cotton which I used to make my bias tape. Still, have loads to use for more projects. (Probably as I did not use the godets, less bias tape was needed).
This is the dress in action: Been to China Town and the M&M Store in London. YESS! They have an M&M Store in London. There are 4 others around the world. Images a 4 storey shop with M&M and merchandise only !!!!!
I have been eyeing that pattern but wanted to know what it would look like a on real person and it looks awesome! And I love the black and yellow.
Oh thank you. I did not have to make too many changes to the pattern either. Thought the contrast in colour would emphasise the lines in the dress.