Following my post on the Simplicity Amazing Fit dress for the day of the wedding, this is the dress for day 3. I love the look of the line drawings of this dress on the pattern envelope but once made up I'm not sure it was quite right for me. Let's take a look at Simplicity 2219.
Day 3 of this swanky wedding was a fabulous brunch at my favorite restaurant, Luca on Seven Mile Beach here in Cayman. Brunch is a Sunday tradition in Cayman. It starts at 10:30-11:00 and is a perfect mix of breakfast and lunch, and you sit at big tables and eat for hours until you waddle off to sleep all afternoon. So I wanted something loose fitting that wouldn't show up the brunch-belly. And with it's empire line waist and the knit fabric, I thought this would be a comfy dress for what was a more casual occasion. I decided on View C.
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I thought it was important to get a good fit on this dress first time because alterations might not be easy. Reviews online suggested it came out larger than expected so I did find time to run up a quick test and I blogged that dress here and asked for fitting suggestions. The envelope sizing suggested I could be a size 14-16, but I measured the pieces and cut a size 10 and made it up without any sizing alteration.
Although the empire style usually suits me beautifully, this one I wasn't so sure about because of the gathering and the lack of shaping at the actual waist-line. And it did seem to emphasize my least favorite body part – my armpit chub.
But time was drawing on and I didn't have many other options, so I went for it with just some slight changes. And here is is – a complete change from what I might normally wear. And I'm still not sure about it. But on the day I paired it with my very eye-catching bright pink and purple shoes and actually had a lot of compliments – so perhaps I worried too much.
Originally the skirt pieces were gathered across the back, but I thought this looked a bit like a little girl's dress so I took in the excess in a center back pleat instead and that did make it hang nicely at the back. The front skirt gathering is only in the center and it did do a good job of hiding the brunch-belly. I could have pleated this too for a neater look.
I also brought up the gathered parts on the front where they join to the center V just by gathering them a little less. I could have done it more I think. If I were to make it again, I would probably do away with the worry of the armpit chub by adding the little draping sleeves. Looking at the envelope again, they actually look pretty cute.
What I also really like about this dress is that it is fully lined in the bodice and while the front looks ‘strappy' the back bodice is full coverage so there's no need to hunt around for some specially shaped bra.
The fabric is a very lovely grape knit from Fabric Mart. It is from Anna Sui and is incredibly soft and supple while still being a nice weight which allows it to hang beautifully. I wish I'd bought more of this lovely fabric.
So the future for this pattern ? One day, I'm certainly going to give View A a try with the fluttery sleeves. I also think if you had the right fabric this would make a really good nightie!
Authored by: Deby at So Sew Easy