One of the tricky things about sewing your own wardrobe is imagining what a finished garment will look like -deciding whether the style or fabric will suit you. It’s not a great feeling to invest a lot of time and cost of fabric in a piece that just doesn’t make you feel comfortable. I really try to only make clothes that I will love and wear until they fall apart. One way to minimise error is copy something you’ve seen someone else make that you know will be an everyday staple. I bought this fabric at Joann’s when I went to the US last year as denim look tencel is something I’ve not come across in any UK shops, and when I saw Trine’s (of Groovy Mama and Baby) version of Simplicity 8084 in the same fabric I felt confident it would be a dress I would love and find useful.
…and I do. B
But there is a but…. For one the fabric was really drapey so some of the finishes were hard to get right – I’m pretty sure the hem isn’t sitting evenly but can’t actually work out which bit is shorter or longer so it’s going to stay as it is.Secondly I want to talk about the ease in Simplicity patterns (and for the most part the other major pattern companies too). To me this dress doesn’t look like a dress that is a size too small. In fact it might be that the opposite is true.
I am happy with the size it turned out – for me it’s a style that works well with plenty of ease, but, I made a whole size smaller than the pattern puts me at. By measurements I should have made a size 14 – on a hunch (and Trine’s advice) I made the 12 and it’s still generous.Looking at the pattern envelope I can’t believe the model on the front is wearing her suggested size so I don’t really understand why the sizing info can’t be more helpful/accurate.Anyway it’s a perfect everyday dress (which also means workwear for me) so I will almost certainly make it again, perhaps in a slightly warmer fabric in the Autumn/Winter.