Yesterday I told you I was starting work on Simplicity 3673, view A. I had planned to cut the pieces yesterday and do the sewing today. Instead I did the cutting, realize the temperature had dropped enough that it really was nice in my craft room, and decided to keep going. I know Simplicity patterns are supposed to be easy, but this one was so ridiculously easy I spent the whole time wondering when something glaringly wrong was going to happen. Thankfully, it never did, and the whole thing went perfectly smoothly except for the part where I forgot to stitch the side seams on the bodice until it was about to be stitched onto the skirt. That was minor though and really didn’t affect the assembly process at all. I was able to cut and completely construct the dress in a few hours, even getting the zipper in properly on the first try. Trust me, that’s major for me. I am horrible at zippers no matter how many I put in.
When I tried the dress on, I realized I probably should have gone up about half a size in the bodice. The skirt portion is fine- its a beautiful fit, but the little bit of slack I would have up top is taken up by my (overly) large breasts. Ugh. This is a close-fitting dress, and believe me- if you think the measurements on a given size will be tight, go up because they will be tight. You can also adjust it down a bit as you go if needed.
The only place I differed from the assembly instructions was I did not use gathering on the front of the bodice, instead I used two ppleats on each side, and I didn’t use a buckle to finish off the faux-belt’s bow. Instead I used a large black button and stitched it into the middle of the bow, securing it to the belt, and tacking the belt down into place. I can see this jumper looking fairly casual with a shirt or blouse under it, but without the shirt, its actually a pretty sexy dress. Anyway, it looks just like the photos, and I give it a solid 5 star rating.
Really sorry about how wrinkled it is in these pics- it was pretty wrinkled coming out of my stash and even though some of them shook out, its still pretty bad.
I’m also especially excited about this dress because its a style I’ve adored for years, but have been heavy so long I’ve been unable to even think about wearing something like this. I still have a bit of a belly, but it looks good, and in another ten pounds, it will look great!