September 12, 2013

Ruby Doll Simplicity 1715

Pattern Description:
Amazing Fit Collection has individual pattern pieces for slim, average and curvy fit and cup sizes.
Drop-waist dress with pleated skirt has neckline details and 3/4 sleeves.
I used the C cup size pieces for the front bodice and Curvy option for the back bodice. Curvy pieces had 2 parallel back bodice contour darts to accommodate a curvy silhouette. 
I do not think the C cup sized front bodice was the correct choice, the measurements lied. Actually I knew better; I have more back than bust and thus a big bust line measurement composed of back muscles not breast tissue. But attempting the C cup was worth a shot, a girl can dream. 
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, but red! 
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Instructions were very easy to follow and also helped with fitting concerns. 

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? 
Having previously worked with an Amazing Fit pattern I knew I have a love/hate relationship with the one inch seam allowance. It is wonderful for fitting but hard to break out of my 5/8" standard habit during construction. 
Fabric Used:
When I first cut the pattern I followed the instructions and cut an unlined dress. 
I then remembered (of course after I had finished cutting!?) that I had used this poly linen blend fabric from Joann previously (here) and knew I would hate the dress if it were unlined due to the fabric characteristics. 
I had to scramble to find I lining in my scrap bin. I flat lined the bodice and sleeves in taffeta scraps (from the bridesmaids dresses) for structure. And I found a basic lining fabric for the skirt. 
I also hoped the lining would add so wrinkle retention to this fabric but you can see after 8 hours of wear no this fabric is wrinkled. 
Wow, the inner garment view is pieced crazy! 
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: 
petite (shortened bodice and skirt), broad back and square shoulder adjustments. 
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I always recommend Amazing Fit patterns to beginners to expand skills and delve into fitting issues. 
I love the color, the drop waist and the collar! 


  1. Gorgeous dress! I really love the red color and the neckline detail is pretty:)

  2. A beautiful dress, lovely colour and so well-made! I have this pattern but would make it in a 16 so I'm just wondering if the pleats at the back may not be flattering in my size. They look great on you, though!

    1. Thank you Picnicfan! It was a fantastic pattern. In the back there are only two inverted pleats at the skirt, extending from the princes seams (the front has three inverted pleats an additional in the center front) due to the mid weight of my fabric they lay very flat in the rear as to not cause additional bulk. I am not in need of additional bulk in that area and often find this to be an issue with pleats and gathers as well.


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