I must say, I feel very 1950's housewife-ish in this dress. I'm not sure that's really my style, but for the moment I'm going to embrace it.
The dress is made from Simplicity 2444 and for the most part it came together pretty easily. I ended up not interfacing the stand collar and the facings because I was worried about stretching them around the neck and now the facings crumple up a bit but I think they can be beaten back into submission with a good pressing.
As for the style of the dress, I was a bit disappointed when I first put it all together. The seam at the natural waist is not a particularly good look on me (which is probably why I avoided it with all of the other patterns that I've ever made).
|Note to self: Remember to iron the front seam|
before taking pictures.
And the highlight of the pattern for me? Definitely the pockets. Have I ever told you how much I love dresses with pockets? Considering that I am never without a tube of chapstick and a tissue due to my permanently runny nose, pockets should probably come standard on all items of clothing that I own.
|Wheeeee! I heart pockets!|
Fabric: Heath by Alexander Henry - gray, purchased at Esther's Fabrics
Pattern: Simplicity 2444
Size: Cut out a size 6 on top and graded to a size 8 towards the bottom of the bodice. Cut out a size 8 on the skirt.
Alternations: Used an invisible zipper and sewed a smaller seam allowance at the shoulders to have the waist fit where my natural waist is (although the waist still hits a bit high).
*Sadly, this is not the dress that I cut a hole in. That dress remains in a prolonged time-out.