May 28, 2012

True Blue Simplicity Project Runway Sewing Pattern 1881

Simplicity Project Runway 1881 date: 2011
Misses' knit dress in  short (knee) length with View B Bodice variation; neckline curved banding.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
I am highly impressed with the outcome. The style lines are just as anticipated. I really enjoy the curved midriff.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
I tend not to follow instructions. And in this case I should have. I wanted to make the version with the flutter sleeves but as I was sewing I forgot. Note to self: Read the instructions. That being said I love this variation, I can add a cover up cardigan or jacket for cool night wear. If it had the sleeves I would not have been able to layer.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

As I was sewing found that the pattern notches were NOT lining up. This was also shifting were the seams were meeting adjoining pieces. You can see my construction woes.
Fabric Used:
Printed blue stretch Polyester/Lycra Knit via Fabric Mart
Additional Materials:
2 buttons 
14” Navy Conventional Zip
Interfacing – Knit for midriff and neck band as well as non woven 2” wide for hem stability
Heat fusible webbing

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
To yield a nice shapely hem, I serged interfacing to the hem allowance cut edge then I pressed the hem up and used web fusing to secure the fabric while stitching the hem. Poly knit tends to pucker under the presser foot this hem process prevented the puckering while adding shape to the hemline.

I also added interfacing strips to seam allowance where the zip was to be inserted. As well as hand basted my zipper to ensure that the knit fabric did not pucker along my machine stitching lines

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I highly recommend the pattern, like all Project Runway patterns it has many possible options in one envelope. More than likely I will not make it again as I personally tend not to wear halter necks.

Perfect summer weather frock!

Inside waistband

Inside neck facing

Inside Zipper

Inside Garment View
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