Pattern Review: Simplicty 3882 (Knitty Dress)

Here’s what didn’t get done this weekend while I was sewing.

I didn’t mow the lawn.

I didn’t plant my herb garden.

I didn’t do any laundry and I didn’t dust.

I also didn’t work on the slide show for my mom’s retirement party.

But, I did make this Simplicity 3882 dress.

Pattern Sizing:
You may want to go down a size. I’m usually a 12. I should ha
ve started with a 10.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I’ve been trying on tops like these and not liking that I look pregnant. Because there is a casing for the elastic around the empire waist, you can distribute the gathers.

Fabric Used:
Amazing $10 a yard cotton knit from A Fabric Place in Baltimore. I forgot how nice natural fibers are! It presses like a dream and feels heavenly.

The day I completed this dress, it was a high of 64 in early May. By August, maybe it will be 80 and I can wear it.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
*Added an inch to the bodice front and back. I find tops like these don’t always, er, hold me in. Were I to do it again, I would
just and an inch to the front and ease the back to fit. I thought the back looked a little long.

* Trimmed three inches off the straps to get the
back as high as I wanted it. In case I went with a strapless bra, I didn’t want it peeking.

* Sized down in the bodice and still trimmed down the elastic. There’s a lot of ease here.

After reading about this on Gorgeous Things’ blog, I decided to play with the grain and cut the bodice out in a different direction than called for. I think it makes it a little more interesting. I know, it’s not fancy. But, baby steps.

So relieved I look neither pregnant or underdressed for my age.