Simplicity 2443, I tend to like all the Cynthia Rowley patterns and buy them during the dollar sales even if I don't know if they'll ever get made. Did I buy this one for the dress or the jacket? Who knows, maybe it was purchased to stare at those shoes. What dainty ankles you have vaguely grumpy model! *Whispers behind hand* You can totally tell she hates that jacket.
Tree print rayon/lycra jersey from Marcy Tilton and black jersey mystery remnant.
I found this pattern to run big and had to take in the bodice just about everywhere.
1. Took in shoulder seams 3/4".
2. Took in side seams 3/4".
3. Cut 2" off the bodice length.
4. Wanted the entire tree repeat in the skirt so 6" of length was added.
5. Instead of constructing the skirt with two rectangles I used the entire width of the fabric and seamed it in the back. Since I had no side seams the pockets were left off.
1. Either the instructions for this pattern were copied and pasted from something else or the pattern writer was high on crack. Half of the steps would make sense if you were making a woven dress but are ridiculous for a knit dress, WHICH IS WHAT THE PATTERN ENVELOPE SAYS TO USE! Stay stitch the bodice pieces so it doesn't stretch? It's a knit, what the hell are you talking about? Put a side seam zipper in the dress? Ummm you know this is a knit right and you can pull that over your head?
2. The straps are a complete bitch to put on and my tiny brain couldn't come up with an alternative way. The instructions have you stitch the neckline and armholes together, then turn the pieces right side out and stitch the shoulder seams together. This results in a bulky shoulder seam but you can't turn the straps right side out if you do it another way.
4. Because of the giant print repeat I had to get a little creative with the cutting. There was only one complete repeat of the trees in the two yards of fabric, so I decided just to make the skirt one piece.
He LOVES this dress and told me so enough times that I've forgotten exactly what he said. I just remember him shouting, "Why did you take that dress off!" when I was showering at the end of the day. Would showering in your dress count as doing laundry?
My Final Thoughts
I'm a bit ambivalent about this FO. While I'm pleased to have found a use for this fabric the dress seems vaguely maternity to me. The length is a little weird but I really don't want to cut down the tree print and there isn't enough of the black contrast to make a hem band. If I could go back in time I'd make the skirt maxi length instead. At least my man likes so it's not a totally wash.
And on that note I leave you with this idyllic family portrait right before the giant ant apocalypse.