Monday, February 18, 2013

The Day Dress: S1885

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

Pattern Description:
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.**

Pattern Sizing:
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.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing it?
Yes, except my collar doesn't lay flat....
And, no I'm not sure what I didn't do right. 
And, yes - I wore it anyway! 

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes and no.  The instructions for the dress were very easy and simple to follow.  I was so totally confused on the instructions for the collar.  I ended up working on a different project that had a collar and just doing this collar the same way.
You can see how the collar isn't laying flat.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
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. 

Fabric Used:
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

Needles Up, Always Audrey


  1. You look great Audrey! And congrats on losing inches,what a great accomplishment!

    1. OMG! It's so good hearing from you. I hope all is well with the baby!

  2. Your dress looks great, Audrey! Ten inches off is a marvelous feat. Well done!

  3. Very nice! Love that print especially the pop of yellow/green centering the flower! Nice work!

    1. Thanks so much! I love this dress and I'm so glad I was finally able to finish it.

  4. Even though the collar is different than you envisioned it, it's still a beautiful dress and you're wearing it well!

    1. Thanks so much! I thought about tacking the collar down so that it would look more like the pattern...