Simplicity 1636

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.  

Until then,
Have a Great Week !


Anonymous said…
I love love love this pattern and your interpretation of it! I've made it twice, both times in rayon challis with only a skirt length adjustment the second time. (I'm 5'4" and without added length, it ends basically right under my bottom.) It's so comfortable!
Hi Sheila. I just pulled this pattern out of my stash to work on this coming weekend. Thanks for the tips. I definitely will watch for the length. You've done a great job again!
Sheila said…
Thank you Freshlysewn. Yes its very comfortable and as usual for me would like to make another one.
Dorothy DotDot said…
Your dress looks very nice. I like the idea of lining it with tricot. Like you, I use the ease adjustment on the front pieces of the pattern and yes, I check the length before cutting. You look cute in your shorter length dress.
Sheila said…
Thank you Angela. My plan is to make one this weekend as well. Looking forward to yours.
Sheila said…
Thank you Dorothy. Funny, my daughter said the same thing about the shorter length too.
Another great summer dress! Wow! I didn't realize that you went on a retail fast. Awesome that you're sticking to it.
Sheila said…
Thank you Carolyn. I did an indepth inventory of my rtw purchases last year and decided it was time I spend more time sewing what I see in the stores. Its one of the reasons my sewing is @ an all time high.
Lisa R said…
Love this dress! You have made me want to put this pattern on my list and I never would have noticed it otherwise! Again, very cute!
Sheila said…
Thank you Lisa.
Mary said…
the blues are pretty on you.
Sheila said…
Thank you Mary.