I have finished my August Dress!
Amazing Fit Collection, Simplicity 1686.
Cool Blue Linen Blend, Joann's Fabrics.
Thread, one 22” invisible zipper, hook and eye, two ¾ buttons, 1 5/8 yards lightweight fusible interfacing .
Misses'/Miss Petite Dress.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done?
Yes. I chose to make my dress with the sleeveless bodice top of View C and knee length skirt of View B.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions are clear and simple. I love the detailed instructions offered for fitting throughout the pattern guide-sheets.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
This pattern includes separate pattern pieces for bust cup sizes and slim, average and curvy fit! The 1 inch seam allowances are offered for fitting adjustments. I like that the finished garment measurements for bust and hips are offered on the back of the envelope! However, I was disappointed that the finished measurement for the waist was not included.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I initially cut this dress with a B cup size 6 bodice (34 ½ inch finished) tapering to a Curvy Fit Size 12 skirt (41 inch finished.) The bodice fit was great. The left armhole was a little loose so I make an adjustment at the underarm seam. The midriff/waistline was too snug so I let out the one inch side seams for better ease. The hip area felt tight and the seams and front pleats pulled to the back. So I released the 1 inch side seams, smoothed the back of my skirt over my curvy derriere, then pin to the front, making sure that the side seams were perpendicular to the floor. I took the time to measure my finished garment and found the finished measurements were bodice-34 ½, waist-32 and hips-42. Oh, I covered my own buttons for this dress!
Would you made it again?
I may make this pattern again.
Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I would recommend this pattern for a seamstress whose goal is to achieve a perfect fit.
This was a great project and I learned much about working with body measurements and fashion ease. I have also become a fan of the Amazing Fit Collection from Simplicity Patterns!