Simplicity 1418

 

Simplicity-1418-Bodice-Front
Completed dress bodice front

Here is my August Make A Garment A Month project.  The back of this Simplicity 1418 pattern caught my attention straight away.  Even at my size I think I can pull this off.  To be sure, I will make the version with a high modesty panel underneath the lattice work.  Wouldn’t want back fat showing now would I?  Though this is a modern pattern I think the dress style is reminiscent of the 1950’s and will fit within my new wardrobe nicely.

Simplicity-1418-Bodice-Back
Completed bodice back

 

simplicity_1418
August Make A Garment A Month Project

For the first time I decided to make a muslin.  All the pro sewist divas make them and after all one of my goals is to grow at my craft.  Yesterday I cut out the bodice.  Since the skirt is simply a rectangle with a cute pleat I’ll forgo making a test piece for it.  This muslin is a thrifted bed sheet.

bodice_muslin_front
Muslin bodice front
bodice_muslin_back2
Muslin bodice back

Upon initial try-on the bodice seems a little tight at the waist.  The back details of this dress include a modesty panel and lattice-work.  I had the panel piece in place, but thought I didn’t have to worry about the lattice.  That being said, those pieces show exactly where to place the sides of the back.  I need to quit being lazy and add the lattice mock-up piece so I can get a better idea of fit.  That is, after all, the purpose of the muslin.  I really need to stop trying to cut corners if I am going to take my sewing to the next level, sigh.   That being said, I am wondering if I am not also going to have to at least cut out and mock up the top portion of the skirt.  I want this dress to fit properly in the waist area and my figure is not in proportion as per the pattern envelope.  I will be grading between sizes.

After adding the sleeves to muslin and subsequent try on, the waist is definitely too small and I need more space in the bust area.  Pattern alterations from what I can tell include:

  • Bust +1″
  • Waist +5″
  • Hips +2″
  • Bodice lengthening +1″
  • Modesty panel raised +1″
  • Hem +2″

Bodice resizing. Added necessary inches via taping paper to the original pieces so I would not forget when cutting out the fashion fabric.

bodice-resizing

From where I stand this is a lot of altering.  Basically my measurements were not on the pattern envelope at all!

Full Bust Adjustment:

fba-princess-seam
Princess Seam FBA

This is my first time applying a full bust adjustment.  Wasn’t as scary as I thought. Many thanks to Mary of Idle Fancy and Elisalex for sharing their expertise. I did not see a big difference in the two tutorials with exception to color coding the stitching lines. As a visual learner that was very helpful.

Stay tuned as this cute little number comes together.

bound_seams
Check out the vintage binding. 15cents!

 

Lattice_Work
Now we’re getting to my favorite part!

 

lattice_on_back
Sorry for the blur.

Project Particulars:

  • Fabric:  eBay seller – institchestn – $9.00
  • Muslin:  $1.00, thrifted bed sheet
  • Bias tape:  Under $2.00/pack x 2
  • Invisible zipper – Under $2.00

The lattice work came together rather easily.  The instructions were on point. I was torn between using green, red, taupe, or the butterscotch coloring.  Since red is my favorite color I literally forced myself to not use it.  Green is a color that I do not have much of in my wardrobe and I felt taupe was just too boring.   In the end I let the hubby decide.   As I’ve been working on this I am thinking I would  like a new pair of taupe pumps to complement this dress.  Now I kinda which I would have gone with the taupe bias tape.  Then again, the  butterscotch would have been nice.  Maybe red?

This dress will debut October 5 at an assembly.  I kind of don’t want to wear it before then which is why I did not put it on for photographs.  Sprawled across my cutting table does it no justice, of course.  Sigh.  Also, I’m not good at selfies though I did pull out my tripod for this occasion.  I’d just rather wait until the special day when I will have make-up on and hopefully a new pair of taupe shoes.  I suppose of there was enough clatter I’d put it on.  I tell ya, it’s times like these that I wish I had a dress form for I’ve noticed many sewists display their creations on them.

Update (10/5)

lattice_dress_back_view

Just now seeing the photos I realize this one is out of focus, grrrr.

Simplicity_1418

I really like the lattice back and enjoyed putting it together.

Lattice_Dress_Bodice
Simplicity 1418 Bodice

 

Simplicity_1418

Cheers,

lyric-siggie-purple-cute

 

 

 

Sobriety from electric machine sewing since 2012

Advertisements

4 thoughts on “Simplicity 1418

    1. Oh thank you, KathyS. How kind of you to say. I do know one thing, it is comfy. I am thinking of making a crinoline for my 50s style dresses. What do ya think? I am wondering did hip size 46 women back then wear them or did they simply let their “hips do the talking”, LOL?

      Cheers,

      Lyric

      Like

    1. Thanks Tash:

      Surely it will be October 5. Pics will probably go up October 6 or as soon as I can get to the computer. Girl, between you and me I am worrying if the dress will look ok on ME. Either way I will make more but probably in something non-large print. I love the fabric, but not sure how it’ll look on this big gal. Stay tuned! 🙂

      Cheers,

      Lyric

      Like

I love it when you leave a reply!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s