Thursday, October 24, 2013

Simplicity 2648...and an Amazing Fit!

Simplicity 2648 is an Amazing Fit pattern, which has different bodice pattern pieces for cup sizes A-B-C-D along with adjustments for "slim, average and curvy fit".



If you read my last post, you will already know that I am excited about these options that the pattern companies are providing the home sewist. I think with these options, along with a lot of trial and error over my last few years of sewing, that I've finally figured out how to obtain a much better fit with my garment sewing.



The fabric I used for this unlined sheath dress was a 
heathered gray ponte knit from FabricMart that I purchased online in June, 2011.
I have several of the Simplicity Amazing Fit patterns, but hadn't yet actually used one. When I picked this dress pattern to sew up, I decided to follow the directions as written. That meant cutting larger seam allowances, and basting(!) seams for fitting, then removing the basting, taking apart the dress and resewing. This process is in place of making a muslin or test garment first, and really worked well! 
It also means slower sewing with more attention to measuring, cutting, construction and detail, and I find I am enjoying myself and the finished project much more. 
Though I do remember those days in my 20s when I could sew a pattern straight out of the envelope....purchase the pattern and fabric one day, and wear it the next!
Some projects still allow for that kind of quick turn around, and that can be fun too. 
I'm never bored with my sewing, that is for sure ;-) 

On to the pics...a little too windy today in Michigan to take outside:

with the silk scarf I picked up in Paris:



The vintage buttons on the tab at the waist were a birthday gift from a good friend:



Cute pleated sleeve detail, with a self-hemmed, bias sleeve band:



No zipper necessary with this fabric:



A small walking pleat is always appreciated in a sheath dress:


Wow, this dress looks purple now, taken outside with IPhone on a cloudy day:





So silly...........



Finally, I thought you might be amused by how I audition fabric for my next project(s). And it maintains my dress forms' modesty :-)!






21 comments:

  1. Your dress looks fabulous. I really like the detail on the sleeve.

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    1. Thanks, Lori, I don't usually like a gathered oe pleated sleeve cap, but this just enough to be cute :-)

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  2. Patty, you look lovely in your new dress. You did a great job with it, especially the fit. Congrats!

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    1. Thank you, Sandra.....I think I might make this one again :-)

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  3. That is a lovely dress - I'm going to have to get this pattern:) Amazing how it changed colour in the different light. You look fantastic in it - it does fit nicely too :)

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    1. Thanks! I think the color change is the camera plus the cloudy day LOL :-)

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  4. Your fabric has 'chamelion' qualities to it, the way it changes colours ~ I just absolutely love it~ The fit is fantastic ... J

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    1. Thanks, Judith....the little bit of extra work paid off!

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  5. Lovely dress! I love the buttons and the fabric. The ponte knit looks super cozy!

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    1. Thanks! It feels like I am wearing my pajamas! LOL

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    1. Thank you, Carolyn.....I think dresses are my favorite thing to sew :-)

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  7. What a great idea to use the ponte knit. Great result.

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    1. Thanks! There are some lovely ponte knits available now, and this is one of them.

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  8. Very Pretty. It looks really nice on you. I like the waist detail and the sleeves.

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    1. Thanks, Karen! Those are the buttons you gave me for my birthday :-) I am wearing this dress today at work and it is very comfy!!

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  9. Hi Patty, thanks for sharing the pattern and your dress made from it, which is wonderful. Which color is more true - the purple outside, or the gray inside? Either way, lovely.

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    1. Thank you, Nancy! The color is a very pretty heathered gray. This is a great pattern :-)

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  10. The dress looks great! You are right in style for the fall season. Don't you love a classic design? I need to get this pattern.

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