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.
You may want to go down a size. I’m usually a 12. I should have 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.
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.