Simplicity 1636: Pullover sleeveless dress with elastic waist and side seam pockets. With just a few pattern pieces (front/back bodice & front/back skirt), it was the perfect palate cleanser.
Pattern Sizing 10-18, I normally go with 14 - 16 in the big 4. When I buy patterns, I typically select patterns according to my full bust and if necessary (which is always) tweak as I sew. The other thing I keep in mind is the ease above body measurement and this pattern had an exorbitant amount of ease ... like 8" above ... yikes!
Suggested fabrics are silky types, soft satins & challis. I used a nautical blue camouflage knit from Fulton Fabrics. Zoned in on the size 10 and cut that and with a quick tissue fit noticed that I would need to do some minor adjustments. Raise the neckline 1", remove 1/4" from shoulder seams as well as the side seams and added darts to the front neckline. The cutting instructions call for cutting the front and back on the fold, I did a center back seam, just in case I needed to tweak the fit back there. Used the pocket pattern from New Look 6351.
Serged all seams and omitted the facings... bleh.. hate facings and fully lined with tricot.
Despite all my fancy foot work with tissue fitting, I failed to notice the dress length. I take for granted by 5'3" and typically have to shorten my dresses ... umm this one was 2" above my standard dress hem after I put in a 1/2" hem. So beware of the short side of this dress.
Opted out of the elastic waist and just donned a belt and the hem was fused with heatn'bond.
Looking for a fun and comfortable dress... try this pattern, it won't disappoint.
This dress was perfect for frolicking around town & window shopping. I am still on a rtw clothes hiatus ... 7 months in... wooohoo ! However, I made a pit stop in my favorite thrift spot .. Savers and picked up a few pieces of costume jewelry. If one is into trinkets, checkout your local thrift store, you will be surprised at the beautiful trinkets available for just pennies.
Have a Great Week !