General Thoughts on the Dress
I should sew more dresses like this. They highlight my small upper half and camouflage my generous lower half. I get a lot of compliments, when I dress like this. It's cool and comfortable to boot. This pattern is great for a pear shaped gal, because the cut-out at the bust further emphasises the upper torso and creates strong horizontal lines at the shoulders.
|More pictures in the shade in the mirror.|
|Here's another one just like the other one.|
|Posing in this situation is pretty limited.|
I sewed a 14 on top and a 20 on bottom! I wish I had sewn a 12 on top. I recently sewed a Simplicity Amazing Fit shirt in a size 12 and it was a little small, so I opted for the 14. I ended up having to take in the sides and bust seams quite a bit. I also subtly changed the angle where the top front yoke meets the bodice, so that the cut-out didn't gape. You can sew this up before adding the skirt and make quite a few tweaks to the bodice without it being too much of a chore because the facings don't get in the way and there are no facings on the arm holes, just bias binding.
I used a fairly heavy fabric with a lot of body. I wouldn't recommend sewing this up with anything drape-y or too light weight. I ended up using heavy fusible canvas to interface my facings. This was overkill, but it actually worked out great. The cut out holds it's shape beautifully and nothing is droopy or flat.
I added a waist stay, but it isn't really tight enough to make the skirt pop out. I left too much ease in the bodice. I didn't realise quite how much ease until I tried to tighten up the waist stay. If I had tightened it too much, I would have had a wedge of fabric in the small of my back. At this point, the skirt was attached, the zip was in beautifully, and I just couldn't be bothered to take it all out.
Here is a picture of the actual pattern, Simplicity 1803.