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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.

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

11 thoughts on “Pattern Review: Simplicty 3882 (Knitty Dress)

  1. This dress looks great on you. If I were to wear this style, I’d look like an old lady in a nightgown.LOL If you lived where I live (central CA) you’d be wearing tht dress already. It gets very hot here. Maybe I’ll make it for my daughter – it is just so darling. You did a wonderful job and the change of stripes really makes it.

  2. This dress looks great on you. If I were to wear this style, I’d look like an old lady in a nightgown.LOL If you lived where I live (central CA) you’d be wearing tht dress already. It gets very hot here. Maybe I’ll make it for my daughter – it is just so darling. You did a wonderful job and the change of stripes really makes it.

  3. Cute, very cute! And the grass can always be mowed later, it aint going nowhere!

  4. Cute, very cute! And the grass can always be mowed later, it aint going nowhere!

  5. The grass is still here, but I’m going to do it tonight.

    Nancy, I’m going to move to CA if you keep taunting me with your warm weather and amazing sewing skills!

    It’s normally abou 10 degrees warmer here. Don’t worry, come July when my little window units are sweating, I’ll be wishing it were cool again.

  6. oooh is that CUTE!!! really really cute! too cold to wear that here right now — maybe in july! LOL

  7. oooh is that CUTE!!! really really cute! too cold to wear that here right now — maybe in july! LOL

  8. That dress is too cute. I have that pattern in my stash and I have not decided which version I plan to use.

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