Friday, May 3, 2013

Pattern Review Simplicity 2212 - My Bridesmaid Dress

Pattern Description: 
Strapless dress with boning in the bodice with a flared skirt. 

Pattern Sizing: 
Lots of mini sizing alterations were made to fit snuggly. 

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? 

Were the instructions easy to follow? 
The instructions were very easy to follow them. I did follow them step by step.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? 
  • It was easy and straightforward
  • Easily adaptable.

Fabric Used: 
  • Thickish silk material and French lace from Tylers Fabric.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: 
  • Added a lace bib and straps. 
  • Took about an inch off the bottom of the bodice which made it sit better under the bust. Had to compensate to ensure the length wasn’t compromised. 

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? 
  • Not sure I have many occasions for strapless dresses but if I wanted the same style I would. 
  • It has nice clean lines and after fitting it a few times it was snug. 
  • The boning really helped shape the dress and is quite easy to do. 

  • I made a mock of this dress in a light cotton and I didn’t realise quite how fitted it has to be made to feel good. 
  • Word of warning: take time to be careful to match your seams in the bodice to seams in the skirt, in the real dress I had that under control but only after making a mess of it on the mock dress. 
  • Also: iron lots. 
  • And: invisible thread for sewing lace is a time/life saver. 

But check out this relaxed and beautiful bride, total stunner.

(sorry about the blurry photos! best one's I've got right now)
Stunning wedding, gorgeous girls and we all felt beautiful in our dresses. Big love to Liv and Pete and Nu and Mads! 

xx j. 

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