The pattern I used is New Look 6022. I chose this pattern for two main reasons - it said it was easy and there were no fiddly zips to tackle! The dress has four options and I chose to make view A. View A has neck pleats and pleated sleeve heads. It also has an partly elasticated waist at the back and elastic gathers on the ends of the sleeves.
I chose this black vintage style poplin from Minerva crafts. I found this poplin easy to work with and it has washed well.
I also don't cut out the paper pattern anymore. I trace my size on to large tissue paper, making any adjustments needed. I use this Burda tissue paper. This means I can use the pattern again if I need to make a different size.
I think that I should also start thinking about making a muslin first as it's annoying to spend time on a dress only to discover it doesn't fit that well! Or at the very least make a "wearable" muslin in cheap fabric. I'd love to hear what other people do to ensure a good fit.
Things I like about this dress:
The bound neckline. Think this could look good in a contrasting colour.
The pleats on both the sleeves and the front. I used tailor tacks to mark them and think I did a good job.
The material. Poplin is a dream to sew.
My button loop. This was my first attempt.
Things I don't like:
The fit! As I said too tight on the hips plus I think the sleeves are a tad tight.
The elastic on the back. Not sure of the point of this. I suppose it's suppose to make it less sack-like but I think adding a belt is a better option.
|Does my bum look big in this?|
I might tackle this dress again. I'm undecided. Think I would go for version B or C next time as I've seen some nice versions, like this one on Louise's blog Sew Sensational. Just need to get the fit right and it might be a cute little summer dress.
Have you made Simplicity 6022 or had any fitting disasters?