Ah, I love it when this happens - I think I've found a new favourite pattern!
This is view A of Simplicity 2177. This pattern has the worst cover art styling you've ever seen - I wouldn't have picked it up if it weren't for the various gorgeous versions I've seen all over Blogland. So glad I did, though! It's a really lovely, simple dress, with very unique bodice shaping thanks to the triangular bust inset. Unfortunately it's not really noticeable on my dress thanks to the pattern, but never mind!
|Bloody hell, Simplicity. What were you thinking?|
LOVE the stripes in view B!
The fabric is something I picked up in Walthamstow with Jen earlier this year. I was unsure as to what it was, but a friend suggested cotton viscose as the drape is just beautiful. It was a bargain at £2.75 a metre!
I made a size 10 in the bust and waist, grading out to a 12 in the hips. Mostly the fit was great, except the back neckline was gaping quite a bit, so I added a couple of darts as a fix. Something to remember for next time!
|Yep, I really am that pale|
I omitted the pockets, as I get frustred by the bulk that in-seam pockets add to my (already fairly generous) hips. I also hacked about 6 inches off the length, which in hindsight was a little hasty as I don't love the length. It's fine with tights for autumn, winter, and spring, but I'll feel too self-conscious to wear it without tights for the summer. Ah well, a reason to make another!
For my next version I'll also add about an inch to the length of the bodice, as the waistline currently sits a little too high for my liking.
Despite the fact that I'm listing things I'm not happy with, I LOVED making this dress. It was a nice easy-peasy one - done over the course of a few evenings, one or two hours at a time, and totally stress-free thanks to the good fit and well thought-out instructions. Simplicity are quickly becoming my favourite of the Big 4!
So, here are the sums!
Pattern = £9 (incl. delivery)
Fabric = £4.13
Notions = £2
Total = £15.13
Must be off now - Game of Thrones is on in 2 minutes! Jen's on her honeymoon at the moment, so I'm holding the fort here at Tea For Two Towers, but I'll be back later this week to share my beautiful new Deer & Doe Pavot coat.