Here we go again, another work dress! I hope you readers are not bored that I make mostly work dresses. My rationale is that since I wear work dresses more than casual wear as there are 5 working days in a week; so I would much prefer to dedicate limited sewing time into making outfits that I will wear frequently. And of course I prefer to sew dresses rather than separates (which have not appeared here yet!) and tend to lounge in a relaxed top (knit fabric) over the weekend. Well, that’s me!
I have made a few work dresses which have waist seams that rests on the natural waist so I was very interested to try out this pattern which has an empire waist. I think the high waist style is very flattering. What I love about this pattern other than the waist position are the double darts and pleats on each side of the front. The pleats create an illusion of slimness around the waist but there’s still plenty of room around the hips after that for comfort.
Fabric: 0.5 yard each of checked maroon and dark green poly fabric at RM16/USD5.30 a yard. Think you’ve seen this fabric in this blog before? I used it earlier for my Peplum Dress (Butterick B5520). There’s some left whichI think I can use to make a third dress as I bought 3 yards each.
Pattern: Simplicity 2550. I made View C.
Other Sewing Notions: A Basic Zipper & Some purple lining remnant to line the sleeves. Cover buttons.
Total Cost: RM17 / USD5
Back View.I really dig skirt vents, they look so professional.
Wear Again?: Totally! I love this dress! My husband asked if I am wearing this to work tomorrow. I was like, ‘What do you think?’
This pattern was pre-cut Size 10/12. I used Size 12 on all lines except for the shoulder line, a size 10. I was wondering if I needed to narrow and move up the darts for a SBA, but gladly it was not required. I sewed a 1cm allowance instead of the normal 1.5cm on the sides and took in about 1 cm on each side of the armscyes. The instructions only ask to line the sleeves, and I didn’t line the whole dress this time because the fabric was sturdy enough to hang well and look good without lining.
There’s a little mod retro feel to this dress, don’t you think?