Make this pattern if: you want to spend the time to get a nicely fitted bodice.
Don’t make this pattern if: you’re larger than a D cup (the pattern only goes this high).
My youngest brother got married last month and I had a very short window of time to sew something to wear. The call went out on Instagram and some helpful blogging buddies helped me decide what to make.
I’ve never duplicated dress patterns before but, since I cracked the “amazing fit” aspect of this pattern (well, almost), I decided to take it out for another spin. (Plus, since all the pattern pieces were cut and ready to go I was already ahead of the game).
Simplicity 1652 is part of the Amazing Fit collection. The idea behind these patterns is that you choose your dress size and your bust size and then mix and match the pieces to make a dress that’s perfectly fitted to you. I must say, it’s a pretty good system (as long as you fall within the A – D cup range). I made a size 12 with a C cup.
My first version of this dress was made from a linen-cotton blend and can be seen here. (You can also read the full pattern review is this post so I won’t repeat everything here). I love this dress. I wear it often as it strikes that perfect balance between easy-to-wear yet still smart and stylish. This version, with the Liberty of London fabric, takes it up a notch in the ‘fancy’ stakes. I’ve worn it once since the wedding but it’s not something I’d throw on for a wander down the shops for a pint of milk.
Like the first time, I made view A. For the back I made view A (closed back with invisible zip) as opposed to view B (cut out back) that I did the first time.
Of course I forgot to photograph the back – it’s just like the one above but with the cut out bit filled in. 😉
The whole sewing process of this dress went really smoothly – it’s amazing how much repetition improves our skills! I was a little nervous cutting into that lush Liberty (which was destined for Margot’s Ash Jumpsuit) but once the first snip was made I settled into it nicely.
So there you have it – another summer dress. Makes a nice change from all those skirts, right? I have Simplicity 1882, another one in the Amazing Fit collection, in my stash so really must give that a go next.
What are you making now that summer’s hotting up (or things are cooling down if you’re Down Under)? We are T-minus 13 days to our house move so please forgive me if you don’t hear from me for a short while. I plan to document the move over on Instagram so if you’re at all interested in the transition from city-living to country-bumpkin then please follow along!
Thanks for reading,