Simplicity 2337 won out as my favorite but not for the reasons you might think. Yes, it won yesterday’s poll as the hands down favorite. But, again, that’s not why I chose it. As I was sitting watching zombies last night (love that show), I perused the pattern pieces of the patterns I had on hand, having not received my package from ButtMcVogue yet. So that left me with V8529, S2648, S2337, and B5522.
Originally I was just going to go with B5522, because I just adore those sleeves. I decided against that one though ultimately due to the shapelessness of the dress (not wanting to make this a long drawn out muslining process to get a good look and fit) and because I had read on reviews of this pattern that the sleeves are pretty fiddly. I want a somewhat simple and fast project.
Someone had made a comment about double-knit not being really drapey. So that took V8529 out of contention as the drape cowl is a major component of the design. I know Carolyn said that it was drapey enough, but I don’t want to chance it. Plus, I don’t like that CF yoke seam. I looked at the pattern piece itself and I can see why they put a CF seam there, but think you can still jigger it to work on the fold.
Then I seriously considered S2648 because I just adore the versions that Eugenia made, but two things deterred me. As I mentioned yesterday, it doesn’t have long sleeves and it had many more pattern pieces than the other Simplicity pattern. I know I could stick some other pattern’s sleeves on S2648, but I am not experienced to know if any old sleeve will work with any old armscye. And, again, since I want this to be a relatively painless process before I move on to Xmas gift sewing, I just don’t want to fool with things endlessly.
I thought S2337 would be complicated pattern just looking at the pattern envelope. View A (top right) has pleating, a crossover bodice and cuffed sleeves. But when I looked at the pattern pieces involved, it’s really a simple dress. I read over the instructions and I didn’t see anything I didn’t understand at first glance, so the simplicity of the pattern (pun intended, hahaha) won me over.
My only concern is this is an unlined pattern with facings. I am wondering if I want to line it without facings. Would that be simpler? How do I line the pleated half of the bodice? Should I pleat the pattern piece tissue and make the lining from that? Here’s the line drawing.
What do you think I should do? Lining or facings? I think lining is nicer, but it might be a pain to reinvent the wheel. But I am scared that the facings will constantly flip out as I know they are wont to do. *sigh* Nothing is ever cut in dried in sewing, is it?
So I cut my muslin last night and am ready to sew it tonight. I cut out a 14, but suspect that I am now a 16. I hope not, but we’ll see.
Happy sewing everyone!