This Print cotton fabric is absolutely beautiful (purchased at Metro Textiles during PR Weekend NYC). I bought this fabric specifically for this Simplicity Pattern 1885. I received the pattern for free during the Simplicity tour (part of PR Weekend NYC).
This is the perfect summer day dress! I wore it last weekend while I was visiting my mom in Miami --> it was 88 degrees and I was so comfortable. Before, I start the review I want to mention that I didn't have any experience working with collars when I received this pattern. There was only 1 review on Pattern Review, so there wasn't an abundance of information on what to do. Also, I lost about 10 inches off of my body from the time I cut this dress (June 2012) and when I finished this dress (December 2012), see I Finished What I Started: Update 1/3/2013
|The Day Dress: S1885|
Simplicity 1885, Misses and Plus Size Sportswear. Misses' & Plus size pullover dress or tunic, jacket and pants. I only made the dress. **I received this pattern for free during the Simplicity tour, PR Weekend NYC.**
10 - 18. I made the 18. I haven't learned how to do a FBA, so I cut the pattern per my upper chest measurement. I initially cut this pattern out in June - with the intention of wearing it during the summer, but I ran into problems creating the collar and I didn't finish the dress until December.
|You can see how the collar isn't laying flat.|
Major Likes: I received this pattern for free! The dress is super easy and comfortable to wear. The cotton fabric folded well (and, didn't need major ironing when I traveled).
Dislike: Collar instructions.
Black, White & Green printed cotton fabric purchased at Metro Textiles during PR Weekend NYC. It was $6 per yard and I bought 2 yards.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:When I started this project, I was closer to a size 18. When I finished this project, I was closer to a size 14. I'm not comfortable making a lot of alterations - so, I took up about 6 inches in the collar. I did this by adding 4 additional gathers around the neckline before I attached the collar. The dress is still a little big (baggier than I normally wear my clothes), but it doesn't look bad.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I don't plan on using this pattern again - although, I haven't gotten rid of it. I walked away from this project about 3 times because of issues with assembling the collar. Perhaps when I have more experience sewing, it won't pose the same problem.
Needles Up, Always Audrey