So it's a little windy in Sydney right now. You may not be able to tell from this photo but I was leaning into that wind just to stand up.
So here it is - my take on Simplicity 2444. I adore this pattern. I've seen so many other people make really flattering dresses from it like this one here and here to name just two. I read a lot of reviews on it before I started because I wanted to get it just right. I took some advice on cutting the front piece on the fold to eliminate a seam line down the front. Really glad I read that before I started.
The muslin was really easy to sew up. In fact this dress is really simple to construct on a whole which was why it was so unfortunate I had so many fit issues with the bodice. I tried it on and found that I had to cut 1.5 centimetres off the top of each side to raise the bodice which meant I had to reshape the neckline. Then I realised I had to deepen the armscye which in turn meant I had to redraft the sleeve. Ugh! Enough with the redrafting already!
I have a feeling all of this could have been helped if I knew where to even begin with a SBA on a bodice that had 4 darts crossing the bust (!). I think it really was just an excess of fabric that I was battling with.
I'm really happy with the fit in the end and the final result is certainly worth the effort but I'm a little scarred.
Despite all the fussing about with this bodice I do love these long darts and how they bring the shape in towards the waist. The pleating which meets up with it is also really pretty. I had a little moment where the fabric didn't want to behave under the needle when sewing the zipper which is why you can see the gape below. Although for that to be the only noticable thing at the end of the battle with this dress is quite miraculous. So I'm letting it go.
Oh and did I mention I love me a dress with pockets? Because I do. I love them.
I love this fabric that I used and it was the perfect weight to be light enough for summer but heavy enough to hold the pleats well. It's called Modern Meadow Herringbone Pond by Joel Dewberry and I bought it in a big order from fabric.com - the direct link is here.
Overall I'm really glad I tried this pattern. I'm not sure that I'll be making it again anytime soon and if I can find a pattern with a similar silhouette with a bodice that behaves I'll surely be using that instead. But, never say never.
It turned out well and I adore it.