This dress looks pretty much exactly how I imagined it when I first brought this fabric from Sp...

Simplicity 2444

4:57:00 p.m. Sew Hopeful 5 Comments

This dress looks pretty much exactly how I imagined it when I first brought this fabric from Spotlight.

I made a size 12, grading out to a 14 in the waist and hips, which according to the pattern envelope I needed to do, however I ended up taking it in again when sewing up the side seams so I should have cut a straight size 12.

Like a few other ladies who made this dress I needed to take a wedge out of the centre front as the muslin gaped a fair bit.  I also did my standard sloping and narrow shoulder adjustment but I didn't need to do my usual sway back adjustment so that was good.   I did need to take it in a bit at the back seam when sewing the zipper, I needed a full 1" seam, but that is such an easy adjustment.

I underlined the skirt and lined the bodice, both of which I love.  The underlining makes the skirt sit really well without a petticoat needed.

Oohhh, pockets

I squeezed this dress out of 2.5 metres so didn't really have any spare for much pattern matching, but I did manage to get the back bodice reasonably matched.  The back skirt actually looks OK despite no attempt at all to pattern much, I think I just got lucky there.

The only problem is that this fabric has a terrible dye job, the colour run the first time I washed it but I didn't notice (sewing in bad light at night) until I was well underway.  The first time I wash the finished dress I will be using a colour-run fixer-uper-er and holding my breath!!

Other stuff: on the inside I catch stitched the hem to the underlining and love the effect. It looks like a cross-stitch/decorative stitch and was really fun to sew.

All in all, a total winner (aside from the disappointing fabric, which I am hoping to fix).  The side seams are the last to be sewn and this makes this dress really easy to take in in case of weight/size changes (on a bit of a health kick at the moment).  The diagonal darts at the bodice front are also really cool and the pleats on the skirt are flattering.  I did find that absolutely accuracy was needed to get both the darts and the pleats looking good.  In the photo's I have already been wearing the dress all morning so they held up well after sitting, standing and otherwise being crawled over by toddler (and yes, I was wearing those shoes and my feet were totally killing me).


  1. Gorgeous dress and love the fabric pattern and colour. The fit looks perfect!

    1. Thanks so much. I've been working hard to learn how to get a good fit on pretty much everything from the bustline up/the whole neck, shoulder, bust, upper back area, so it feels good to finally feel like I am getting a handle on it.

  2. I love it! I'm trying to work up the confidence to work with bold patterns. You managed the matching really well.

  3. This looks fantastic. I have a piece of fabric from spotlight that seems to have faded in parts after the wash - fab isn't it? Do those sleeves allow much movement? (I ask because a dress I've made recently looks fine but I can't actually lift my arms!)

    1. Hey thanks. Yes, the sleeves are really comfortable and allow for a full range of movement. I can't remember if I adjusted the width for a full bicep (I often do) but I did change the curve of the armhole on the bodice quite a bit both front and back based on my muslin plus I changed the curve of the sleeve head to adjust for my shape. The result was worth all the fiddling as the dress is very comfortable to wear. I probably pinned, tried on, basted, tried on, repinned and tried on about 10 or more times though before I got it right. The next dress I made was much easier as I knew from making this dress roughly what I needed to do to get the fit right. I found that just a few mm adjustment made a massive difference to the comfort and fit of the sleeve. Hope that helps.


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