simplicity 2250: brilliant, misunderstood or just plain weird?


definitely having mixed feelings here.

can you tell?

not sure.  is is the straps?  are they too thick?  wonky skirt pleats?  (i hated the way the skirt pleats were drafted on this pattern.  asymmetry much?  the bodice wasn’t enough?)


what is going on with that back?  how do i fix it?  it’s….droopy.

Pattern Description:
Misses’ Dress in two lengths, jacket and tie belt by Cynthia Rowley.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

more or less. the back droops. but the bodice, i think, is stunning. maybe i should have gone shorter on the skirt?
Were the instructions easy to follow?

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
that bodice is eye-poppingly cool, especially when you use a fabric with a pattern–be it stripes or something insane like the liberty of london “my little star” featured here.

but those skirt pleats? what is going on there? hate them. they look cool enough in the pattern photo but in real life they are not a treat.

Fabric Used:
liberty of london tana lawn “my little star” from shaukat, UK.
yellow bemberg from NY Elegant Fabrics
purple mystery fabric from Jo-Ann

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
not enough! i widened the straps (by accident, maybe i misunderstood the pattern piece) and that seems to have been a mistake, and maybe i should shorten the skirt although i went with length A.

i underlined and boned the bodice lining for some extra shape in the front, since there wasn’t a convenient way to wriggle an SBA out of all of those wild and funky darts.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
actually, i might try it again just to see where i went wrong. it’s such a brilliant little pattern in its way and i’m not giving up on it yet.

except for my boning, i constructed it pretty much exactly as designed–even the back. but i’m unsatisfied with the dress. maybe i just need to put it away for a while–or maybe i need to take it apart, salvage the bodice and lining, and re-do the bits in purple? the purple bits are not an ideal weight, do not have great drape, and make the dress feel heavy. but i’m loathe to take the whole thing apart after i’ve only just finished it!

i do also plan to make the jacket at some point, because i am convinced that taken together it’s a smashing little ensemble.

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