Pattern Description: the very pithy description from Simplicity, "A knit dress." 6 dresses made easy...I made a seventh :)
Pattern Sizing: 4-12, I cut a 12 since I've gained a bit this past year. New job = less time to work out = gradual increase of measurements
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? I thought so! I wanted a sleeveless option with the ruched overlay and v-neck, but this was not pictured. My version of View D worked well.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, they were very easy. I had no moments of confusion at all, which was understandably great.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? There was nothing I disliked in particular. I personally would have liked to lengthen the waist insert to make it a dropped waist line. Overall, the results were successful with no changes to the pattern.
Fabric Used: Mystery knit from the bargain fabrics at Joann, purchased for $0.90/yard after the sale and coupon I had. On the bolt, it looked a little cheap and very synthetic but made up, it could be RTW. Don't you just love a bargain?
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: As noted above, the one change I made would be to not sew the recommended sleeve caps for view D. Otherwise, it was sewn as directed. One word of note: when you sew this dress, baste, baste, baste, before you sew. For the surplice top, I would recommend sewing it in so that it is just a tad short, thus forcing it to stretch and lay flat against your chest. I have a bit of gap-osis when I'm not careful to keep the shoulders back, which you can kind of see in the photo above.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will definitely be sewing it again with my nice knit fabric. I would recommend it if you like the style and easy wearability of the dress. I would recommend checking the fit on any surplice top before the final sewing. Also, about the bands at the armscye: they don't want to stay put! I think I am going to have to do some hand stitching, which I was hoping to avoid, but if I want to wear it... If you have a serger, great: use it. If your are like me, well, bust out the needle and thread..
As for the hemming...Hemming is my achilles heel, folks. It undoes me nearly every time and frequently is responsible for my sewing resulting in UFOs. I hate hemming. My solution for this dress, after several sessions of frustrated pinning, only to try on and have the pins slip out, was to lay it on the floor and let it commune with my stitch witchery. I folded the bottom over the SW and then pinned and sewed. It was so much easier, let me tell you.
Conclusion: It's a great dress! My husband loved it; my co-workers were asking where I found my dress; I love it.