Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Simplicity 2054 - Black (Grey) Dress - Item 9 Completed

For the next item in the Warbrobe Basics SewAlong, I decided to make a grey dress instead of a black one. I used Simplicity 2054, View A:

Living in a hot climate, I've had to use my imagination of cold weather to work out how to wear this one. I really like how the dress and the cowl are seperate pieces so you can wear them with other items. 

Pattern Description:  Misses' knit dresses and cowl - collar sewing pattern, Cynthia Rowley Collection. (From Simplicity Website)
Pattern Sizing:  6-22. I made a 14.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes. I made View A.

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions are very easy as the dress is just 4 basic pattern pieces rather like a t-shirt dress really. I didn't follow the instructions the whole way through as they have you hem the sleeves before setting them in the sleeve and I wanted to check the length of them after I had done this as I knew they were going to be too long. I coverstitched all the hems and the neckline. I also constructed the whole dress on my overlocker without using the sewing machine for the seams.  I think if I made this again, I would put the sleeve in on the flat rather than using the set in method. The cowl instructions as very easy and make for a neat finish.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like how you can use the dress and the cowl seperately. There is not much shape to the dress but i think I'm ok with that.  I made a 14 as I didn't want it to be tight across the back and not too fitted.

Fabric Used:  Sophia Double Knit purchased from Fabric.com

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I shaved off 1cm from the armcycle and shortened both the sleeves and bottom hems by 6cm.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?  I think I might sew the cowl again as I think it would be quite versatile. Still thinking about whether I would sew the dress or not. I'll have to wait for the weather to get colder to see how much I wear it.

Conclusion: Another item completed for the Wardrobe Basics SewAlong. Easy and quick pattern.

I'll be back soon with another completed item from the Wardrobe Basics SewAlong the Black Turtleneck.


  1. I really like your dress, great job.

  2. I like the fabric you chose. I am debating whether or not to do the cowl. I really like yours.