Simplicity patterns joined with Project Runway to make the pattern. What I alike about these types of patterns is that they give you options on sleeve length, collar type, belts, and lengths. By this, you get at least five different dresses to make. They seem versatile enough to make from different fabrics, thus having dresses I can make for every season. That works for me.
I really did intend to have this dress have sleeves....but I messed them up royally. I think I hemmed the wrong end and then tried to attach them backwards. Ridiculous. I'm glad I was able to convert the dress to sleeveless.....cause you KNOW I'm going to wear a cardigan with it anyway.
It's a keeper.
Pattern Description: This pattern is a multi-choice dress inspired by Project Runway. The dress has a choice of neckline- scoop, standing or cape. The sleeves can be short, three quarter length or sleeveless. Each dress can be made with or without a sash and have the option to add a store-bought belt. The bodice has angled darts that meet the pleats in the skirt. The dress falls right at the knee. It also has pockets!
Pattern Sizing:The pattern I bought was size D5 It comes with 4,6,8,10, 12 European sizing 30-38, French 32-40. I'm a RTW 4, so I went with a size 10 and didn't grade because the skirt was full, and the dress had a belt. I decided to go with the dress with a store bought belt, standing collar and sleeveless style.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes. I originally cut the dress to have short sleeves, but for some reason, I had the worst time attaching them. I think I may have hemmed the wrong end...I will have to mark better next time.
Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were very simple to follow. The dress came together easily.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I loved that the darts in the bodice matched up so well with the pleats in the dress. It fits very well and having pockets on any girly-dress is a plus. I didn't like the fact that I struggled so hard with the sleeves. This has been an ongoing problem with me, so I'll just have to keep trying at that!
Fabric Used: I used a beautiful beach-y cotton gauze. The pattern is bright, but the fabric is light enough for the hottest days of summer. We sure have had our share of those!
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I had to change the sleeves to the sleeveless style. It was my fault and it will be fine since I'll wear a cardigan with it anyway :)I also had to cut off an inch from the length.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Oh yeah, I will sew this again. I have to get the sleeves right! I would love to try this in a light color flannel for the fall. Longer sleeves. Wish me luck! I would also recommend the pattern to anyone who knows how to attach sleeves. (Probably every other woman on the face of the earth. )
Conclusion:This is a flattering dress that has a bit of a retro feel. I love that there are so many options to this dress. I can easily see making one for each season, and again, the pockets are fantastic!
Simplicity 2444 Cotton gauze
Pattern 2444/ purchased belt
Simplicity 2444 with cardigan
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Patter 2444 back view zipper, hook and eye fastener
Pattern 2444 with Pockets!! Woo Hoo!
Happy Last Days of Summer, friends!!