Pattern: Simplicity 3622 (view B)
Size: S3622 comes in sizes 4 to 20 - I made a size 6. I probably could have used the size 4 as there is a lot of ease in this pattern.
Fabric: Black knit terry from Wazoodle.
Comments: I wanted a comfortable, yet stylish dress for hanging out at home or running errands in and when I saw this pattern, I knew I had found the perfect one.
This dress went together quite easily. The most interesting part of this dress is the modesty panel. Instead of a triangle of fabric simply sewn to the neckline, which can be heavy and droop unattractively. The panel is actually sewn into the side and empire waist seams and is suspended by ribbons from the shoulder seams. This eliminates any bulkiness at the neckline. I also like that it doubles the fabric in the bodice region, so I can go braless if I choose.
The only other thing to note is that I did not sew the sleeves exactly as shown for view B. Instead of the three lines of elastic, I chose to only place elastic at the bottom. I think this is a better line on me, as the extra puffiness at the shoulder helps to balance my hips.
Conclusion: I will certainly make this dress again. However, next time, I will use a fabric more suited to wearing to work. This is definitely the way to get dress quickly in the morning and know that you'll look great all day, while remaining comfortable. I picture it both of the fabrics shown below. The first is a rayon/Lycra knit from Fabric Mart and the second is a poly matte jersey from Lucy's Fabrics.