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!