With my sister’s graduation coming up, I realized that I need something dressy–yet–casual, and nothing in my closet fit the bill. So, since I loathe clothes shopping and love fabric shopping, I decided to make Simplicity 2245, view A—a Lisette dress.
The pattern itself is very well thought out and clear—no complaints on it, and if the style was a better one for me, I’d definitely make it again.
I used Free Spirit’s voile (specifically, a print from Tula Pink’s Prince Charming) and one of their coordinating solids—the voile is wonderful. Since it is a bit transparent, I flat-lined it with a cream voile of unknown manufacture—not as soft as the Free Spirit, but solves the transparency issue.
Since it’s freezing out today, I have it over jeans, but I do intend to wear it as an actual dress at some point (it’s a little too long for a proper tunic):
When my hands aren’t in the pockets, they have a strange little gaping issue–I think because I didn’t flat-line the pocket facing. When I have time, I plan to go back and tack another layer of fabric to the pocket facing to weigh it down and see if that solves the problem.
I didn’t spend much time on fit—I pretty much just cut out a size down from the chart measurements (Simplicity puts in too much ease for my liking, and all the dress diaries and reviews suggested this, anyway) and took it in a bit around the waist to try to give it a little more shape.
My only change to the pattern itself was to use a hem facing. Here, you can see the facing, the flat-lining, and the un-lined pocket front:
For a faced hem, you cut a few inches of the bottom section of your pattern which becomes the facing. Finish the top edge of the facing (where I have the decorative squiggly stitches), then seam the bottom edge of the skirt and facing right-sides together. Edge stitch the seam allowances to the facing so that you get a nice crisp hem (this keeps the facing from showing on the right side), then blind-hem stitch the top of the facing to the skirt. Because my dress is flat-lined I whipstitched the facing to the lining layer, so there’s absolutely no stitching visible on the outside. It also helps weigh down the hem with a lightweight fabric like voile (even though I do have two layers).
So, that’s that. My first completed modern sartorial creation in quite some time.
Carl’s only comment is that it reminds him of Christmas… so I don’t know that it’s a win, but it is comfortable, and will be nice for warmer weather.
Have you made this pattern?