Monday, 17 August 2015

Simplicity 1586; an amazing fit

I love this dress.  Although it may come up as rather ordinary in the photos I feel really good in it.  It fits really well and I think it is a great work dress.  The pattern is fairly easy to put together.  The neck is faced and I didn't bother to line this one.

The pattern is simplicity 1586, an Amazing Fit pattern.  Because I am a C cup most patterns need a fba to fit.  The Amazing fit patterns are the lazy option as they come with a choice of B, C, D cups.

I cut a size 14 C cup , grading to a 12 at the waist and hips and the fit at the front was pretty much spot on.  I also really liked that the back had a choice of narrow, average or wide fit.  I have pretty narrow shoulders and so picked the narrow back.  There is still a little excess at the top and when I make this again I will take 5/8" from the top of the centre back.

To cope with my narrow shoulders I added 5/8 inch to the neck edge and took 5/8" from the top of the arm hole.

The sleeves are unusual, they have 3 darts which make the shape boxy.  I wasn't sure whether I liked these or not, but they have drown on me.

The fabric is fabulous.  It's stretch crepe; really comfortable and easy to sew.  A nice weight and I particularly love the teal colour.

The princess seams were great to put together and fitted well.  The back has a little vent for extra style and comfort.    This is really part of my autumn sewing.  I have a whole wardrobe planned based on a grey, black, teal, taupe and mustard colour scheme.

In my two week holiday I had a lovely trip to Manchester Art Gallery with my sewing friend Gary.

There was a fantastic exhibition, not big but really interesting on 50s Cotton Couture.  I loved so many of the dresses, and all made from cotton.

I would certainly recommend it for those of you who like vintage clothes.  Well that was summer, back to work now and almost ready for the start of the Autumn term!


  1. I love the sleeves! They look kind of squared, like 1940s style, which I've always thought of as the less twee version of a puffed sleeve.

  2. Thanks, they are very different for me, but definitely growing on me.

  3. That's an excellent dress. I love the boxy sleeves, I think they really add to the simplicity of the design. x