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Topic: Simplicity 2591 - 50s-style sundress w/ pockets  (Read 7629 times)
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« on: May 05, 2010 04:15:58 PM »

I just finished Simplicity 2591, of which I've seen a couple versions around here on Craftster. Here's the link to my full posting on it:


And here's some of the others on Craftster:

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=342599.0 (The Sponge Bob one)

It was very frustrating, though I love the results. I should have picked a simpler pattern for my very first dress. Here's a quote from my reply to a question regarding a Simplicity pattern:

"It's only the second Simplicity pattern I've used, but I've noticed they are always waaaaay too big. My dress states right on the pattern piece the finished bust measurement and the ease. According to the pattern envelope, I needed a size 12 bust because I'm 34 inches around. However, on the pattern, size 12 gives a finished measurement of 37 inches because of 3 inches of ease. BUT, the size 8 gives a finished measure of 34.5 inches. So I did a size 8 bust but with 4/8 seams instead of 5/8 seams so that in total, I'll have about an inch of ease.

The waist was more work, though. I had to measure across all the pattern pieces at the waist for my "proper" size (in this case 30 inches = size 16), subtract 5/8 inch for each seam that the measuring tape went across, and I discovered it was EXACTLY the same amount of ease as for the bust, so I went down two sizes as I had for the bust portion. Then it was just a matter of making the lines neatly curved from size 8 bust to size 12 waist.

I used 4/8 seams across the whole thing to make sure there was SOME ease, although you would suspect from the envelope picture that it's supposed to be a fitted dress, not a sack. Seriously, 3 inches?!?! I could stuff a cat down my front!"

Also, I didn't understand the instructions for turning the pocket towards the centre. I couldn't visualize how I was supposed to attach the bias side-front piece if the pocket seam was... unavailable. So my pockets are not quite as they should be. Also, I took the shoulders up alot to compensate for the gapping of the neckline (I know, I know, I should have done a FBA), so now the bust dart is too high. Oh, and it's too tight because I ran out of fabric, so the back bodice piece is an inch narrower than it should be. Otherwise, it would fit much better.

This is definitely a gorgeous pattern, though. I adore the construction, the instructions were very easy to follow except for that pocket bit, and the length is super cute on my 5'4" frame.

I would totally recommend this pattern. I gotta start taking my own advice, though, and make muslins Tongue

« Last Edit: May 05, 2010 04:24:22 PM by Alexus1325 » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2010 11:59:26 PM »

I tried this pattern myself yesterday, and although I'm happy with the eventual result, the pockets did reduce me to tears at one point.
I also found the neckline really wide, although this might be my narrow back, as it fit fine at the front but I had to take in the back bodice a lot.
I have used Simplicity patterns before, and I would again.

Alexus1325, I found your review really helpful in terms of the bust measurements!
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2010 09:07:26 PM »

Love your version--that fabric is perfect for this style. I just finished this dress tonight! I also got a little weirded out by the pocket instructions. Here is a picture of mine:

Simplicity 2591 #2 by A Serine, on Flickr
Great job on a cool pattern.
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« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2010 10:14:02 PM »

I've gotta try this. 

and I love your fabric pattern!
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2010 10:46:32 PM »

oooh, so pretty, and you chose a great fabric for it!

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« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2010 07:41:03 AM »

I love this pattern and I love the fact that you put up a colab of all the others.
Your pink material is fantastic.
Another thing, my man always ends up making me spend more at the fabric shop,
lucky for us they have good taste.


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« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2011 12:26:46 AM »

I just made this pattern and I thought it was pretty easy. The pocket part was a bit confusing but I figured out the trick, I cant explain it well, but I will post a pic tomorrow. I posted my version here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=375556.0

I also made a cotton version I will post soon. I plan to make a bunch more of these! As for the fit, I made mine for a customer and it fits the form to her exact measurements and I cut out sz 16. She has yet to try it on, But to me it looks like it will fit her fine. I will post back with the results of that tomorrow after her fitting.

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« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2012 06:31:01 AM »

Your boyfriend's right - that fabric is perfect for a little sundress.  Would have wanted a fuller skirt, I think, but I like to twirl.   Grin

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