Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Finally, I was able to get a few okay pictures of me wearing Simplicity 1651. Most of the review is posted here:
Pattern Description: It's described as misses' dress with bodice and skirt variations. Vague as usual. This pattern is inspired by project runway. It has a twisted yoke with peek-a-boo front. The second bodice options has a "v" neck front bodice. The back bodice also has two variations: option one has waist dart and covers the back completely and the other has a deep "V" that ends about three inches above the waist. Two horizontal bands make a peek-a-boo affect for the back view. So you can safely wear a bra with this view. The skirts options are half circle and slim with a slit on the left side. There are also three sleeve options: cap, double cap, and 3/4 length with ruching. The closures is an invisible zipper on the left side. The designer can mix and match the sleeves, bodices, and skirt variations to create different looks.
Pattern Sizing: 4 to 20; I used 14 with modifications.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, the green print option at the bottom of the envelope.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Very easy. Nothing confusing in the instructions or construction of the dress.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The double sleeves, twist bodice and the gathered slim skirt. No real dislikes.
Fabric Used: Floral Dana Buckman Taffeta from the Fabric Mart. Great fabric to sew.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I made a few alterations as noted in my previous post referenced above.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes and yes. This pattern has good bones. You can create other style from the pattern. Plus you can mix and match the bodices, skirts and sleeves with other patterns. I think experienced beginner can sew this with no problems. Check the fit first.
Conclusion: This is a cute little dress that is easy to sew.