Turning a dud into a wearable dress


(this photo taken from the Sewing Kit app I use)

I was inspired to make a version of Simplicity 3503 after seeing this great version by Eugenia. She’s made a number of dresses from this pattern.

So I decided on also trying the same combo with just the collar in a contrast fabric.

But for me, this was a wadder. Not the pattern’s fault. Mine!

I chose a size that was clearly too big. (I’m useless at muslins!) I do think this runs a little big anyway.

I should have done a FBA (bust adjustment).

The mid band needs to be made smaller for me and I didn’t interline it!

Rescue operation (done whilst consoling myself over Wales’ loss in the rugby)

So. It was a baggy sack when I finished. No photos at that stage I’m afraid. I’ve now taken it in loads on both sides. It’s ok. Not my best work, but wearable.

Just a quick add. I love the Sewing Kit app on my iPhone. You type in the pattern number (big companies) and it will automatically find you the pattern envelope photo. Great for planning projects, and when out buying fabrics to check yardage.
The Simplicity 3503 will now be marked ‘completed’!


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