Monday, November 12, 2012

Cute Dress- Simplicity 1716

It looks like I'm flying!  but really i'm just proud to be balancing on a big tree root in heeled boots...

I made this dress a couple weeks back and was very happy with the way it came out.  I used an April Johnson jersey print that I got on clearance from Jo-Ann's and it was like wearing my pajamas out.  Here are some pictures and the pattern review from

This pattern came with dress and blouse patterns that have interesting bust gathering detail.

Pattern Sizing: your average

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, it did.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Well, I was able to follow them, but the gathering effect up front wasn't intuitive for me. You definitely want to hang on to your pattern instructions for that part.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked the ease with which it came together. Even though it seems like it would be really fussy, it was actually not bad at all. The thing I did dislike is that it seemed like it would be super hard (for me at least) to sew the last step in the front gather on the sewing machine as suggested. I didn't bother attempting and just sewed it by hand since it was only like 4 inches long.

Fabric Used:
I used a super drapey April Johnson jersey that was on clearance at Jo-Ann's. (half off clearance baby! oh yeah!) I really like the unexpected neon yellow flowers in the mix.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I went down two to one sizes from what was recommended. I added an inch to the skirt, but still kept it short.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I love this dress, I would definitely sew it again, maybe with an A-line skirt and self-belt. I do recommend it.

love my new dress

gathered bodice detail


  1. Your dress is really cute! I like that fabric.

  2. Such a cool and chic dress on you! Your dress and your review inspired me to sew this pattern today. Thank you!