25 August 2007

Simplicity 3622

Pattern: Simplicity 3622 (view B)

: 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.

Project Photo

: 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.


Summerset said...

Cute - I can definitely understand the usefulness of such a dress on a school morning!

Bonnie D. said...

Very cute! I could use a few of these for work myself. I've never noticed this pattern before.

Vicki said...

Perfect for just thowing on in a hurry or for putting on when you get home from work. I like the two other fabrics you have earmarked.

austin said...

very cute and it looks comfy too!

Adrienne said...

Very cute! I think I have this in my pattern stash!

Tany said...

Perfect! I really like the neckline detail!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

This is such a cute dress! And it will be fantastic in the two additional fabrics you've chosen for work. I totally agree with you regarding the ease of wearing a dress to work...slip it on and go. No other decisions about what matches what! Will we see the "work versions" before school starts? And doesn't it start soon?

Sharon said...

This is a cute dress! I like the idea of how the modesty panel is attached.

Anonymous said...

I sew vicariously through your projects. Most of your patterns are ones that I ether have or have noted. My problem is the procrastination I live with! This particular one is a great quick one for a knit. The sash is a good touch in the other view.

Isabelle said...

Great dress, Shannon. I hadn't noticed that pattern before, but you did a great job with it.
You look great in it - black certainly becomes you! - and yet it also does look very comfy.

Becky said...

Lovely job as usual. And that's an interesting tip on the modesty panel-- I was actually thinking about trying that sort of technique the next time I make a shirt that needs one, because I do have problems with the unattractive drooping (especially with knits!)