Thursday, May 12, 2011
Simplicity 3678, Great Comfortable Knit Dress
Simplicity 3678 has several neckline variations and I liked the crossover View B the most. I'm not a fan of jumpers since I try to avoid another layer on my body if at all possible. When I first purchased the pattern I made it up as a knit top and decided then to remove the gathers from the back lower section. I got several compliments when wearing it but hadn't taken the time to try the dress version. I sewed a size 14 through the neck and bodice area, with a FBA...mildly tedious to do on those three pleats. After the bodice area I tapered out to a 16 for the bottom skirt.
I used lightweight knit interfacing on the bodice band since it seemed too flimsy on my short top. I folded out the gathered section on the bottom back. I do need extra high hip space but the gathers front and back were too round. This dress is from a nice medium weight poly rayon lycra from Fabric Mart. It's super comfy although there is some clingy to my body fluff in the back. The short top version doesn't do this since it's a nice heavyweight slinky knit.
Speaking of slinky knit, this would be a wonderful slinky knit travel dress that is casual yet can be accessorized. I've seen versions of this dress in those Travelsmith and other travel clothing catalogs. I did not do the sleeve gathering in the upper arm area on this version but will definitely add that detail with another one. Ok, off to catch my flight. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend wherever you are in the world.
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