Saturday, June 19, 2010

Simplicity 3503....Maxi Dress


This was one of those dresses that I honestly was holding my breath on. With such a bold fabric, I was certain that the color and fabric print were just going to be a little too much. To be quite honest I kinda haphazardly planned the pattern layout and fortunately it doesn't look too overwhelming. Well I'm happy this dress turned out great and I have to admit that I'm in love with this dress! Once I finished the dress I had to let my husband (my biggest fan and at times biggest critic--but in a good way!) see it. Well he gave me two thumbs up but noticed the front where I did get a little sloppy and didn't sew the neckline evenly on both sides ( I think I was up sewing late). So I'll have to go back and fix that by hand but aside from that I'm really happy with the results. Here's the review....
Simplicity 3503

Pattern Description:
Knit dress with halter top

Pattern Sizing:
I cut the size 10 since I wanted it to be a bit fitted. Normally I go for a size 12 in knits.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Absolutely!!!! I was VERY pleased with the results!!!

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Very much so!

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
There wasn't anything that I didn't like about the pattern. I have to admit that I was a little nervous about making a dress with such a narrow midriff. Since I'm short waisted sometimes the style isn't very flattering on me. But I think elongated the bodice by 1" helped.

Fabric Used:
Matte jersey in a risky bright green and white with large circular prints

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I did the following:
*Omitted the pockets
*added 1" length to bottom of front and back bodice.
*added 2" to the length because I'm tall but in the end since it was super long I ended up chopping 4" off. Let me tell you that's a first:)
*I didn't use the elastic guide for the upper back bodice but rather draped it on me to make sure it wouldn't be too loose. There's nothing I hate more than when the back bodice won't stay up on a haltered dress.


Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Oh absolutely yes!!!! If you're into maxi dresses this is a great pattern. This is my kind of dress. It's SOOOO comfortable, cute, and perfect for hot weather!

Conclusion:
This pattern is AWESOME and I'm sure I don't have to convice anyone of that since it's been reviewed so many times.

Also, Happy Early Father's Day to all the wonderful Dad's out there and in particular, my AWESOME Husband, Jimmy. Happy Father's Day Babe!!!! The "Wee-One" and I think you're the BEST! Our world's wouldn't be half as fun without you! Love you!!!!!





45 comments:

  1. The green looks great on you, and the dress looks like it's so comfy! Plus, in Georgia you need lots of flowy, cool summer dresses!

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  2. Aww, that's so sweet.
    You look stunning in that dress!

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  3. Wow, that's a beautiful dress and the fabric is perfect for this cut!

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  4. Youlook really beautiful in your dress, the colour really suits you!

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  5. It looks great! And that's probably the ONLY type of dress you could use that print on.

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  6. Beautiful! The print is perfect. I totally agree with Erica. Fabulous print to pattern marriage.

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  7. Such an amazing pattern. Thanks!

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  8. I love that fabric and the dress!!! Green looks great on you.

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  9. Gorgeous dress! That's a great fabric for it.

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  10. That is a wonderful dress ten thousand!

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  11. Very pretty! I think the fabric is perfect for that dress because the print would be too big for a shorter dress! It looks great on you :)))

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  12. Gorgeous! I didn't notice anything wrong with the neckline from where I'm sitting. But I did go searching for Simplicity 3505 based on your blog title before I found your link to 3503 (picky picky, I know but thought you might want to know.)

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  13. Thanks Guys for the nice comments:)

    Thanks Mary Beth for the correction! I changed the blog title:)

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  14. You look gorgeous in that dress. It definitely wants to go to a summer BBQ!

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  15. Totally Fabulous!! I have made this pattern and just today I was saying how much I love it. Your version is gorgeous - that amazing fabric is stunning in this style.

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  16. I love that dress and love it on you. You should make 4 more!

    So...er...when are we making the bathing suit?

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  17. Your dress is gorgeous and looks awesome on you. You did a fantastic job placing the print.

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  18. Victoria, that dress is absolutely stunning on you, I agree with Mary Beth, I didn't notice anything wrong with the neckline. Beautiful work!

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  19. STUNNING!!!!! I love it! This is my FAVORITE maxi dress pattern but I have NEVER made that view! I love it.

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  20. That dress is beautiful on you, love it.

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  21. Very nice! That first picture of you looks like it should be the pattern envelope cover!

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  22. Awesome Dress... love the print.

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  23. Wow! Your dress looks awesome. Perfect use of some grat looking fabric!

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  24. I love when the fabric does all the singing. That dress is singing beautifulllllllly!

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  25. It looks terrific. I love the pattern placement. It really maks it interesting. I agree with Erica B; this is probably the only kind of pattern you could have used such big print on. The colour really is lovely and looks great on you.

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  26. Cute dress, looks great on you!

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  27. I was wondering how you were going to place those big circles, and it looks perfect! Beautiful dress - you look gorgeous!

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  28. Gorgeous! Patio dresses are in bold prints and you choose wonderfully. It is one of those happy dresses where the pattern cheers you up.

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  29. Victoria, that dress is just gorgeous on you! You need to make another one of those. it's very figure flattering!

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  30. This is gorgeous! Brilliant work- I would not have known what to do with such a giant print. This is perfect.

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  31. Love it. You look great in it.

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  32. Looks fab! Is incentivising me to make a maxi....

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  33. I hope you don't mind but I found that your dress looks very much like one featured on Yahoo Shine! You'll see your dress on my blog along with the dress of Top Chef Host Padma Lakshmi. If you are not pleased with the post just let me know and I'll take it down. But darn those dresses look like sisters!

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  34. Looks fantastic on you! What a great summer dress.

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  35. The dress is bold and you are beautiful in it. Great color and style for the summer.

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  36. GORGEOUS!!!! I want one too!! Great job, Victoria!

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  37. This is a beautiful dress! I love the print and how it works with the pattern! Gorgeous!

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  38. I have this pattern. I wish I could find a print as cool as yours. You did a wonderful job.

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  39. Wow nice dress and print. Nice job, now I need to make myself a maxi dress.

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  40. That looks totally gorgeous on you, great colour and style.

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  41. Wow.. how many hours did you say? Too much but nice feeling when you finish, like a weight of your shoulders.

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  42. That dress is so lovely and it looks wonderful on you!

    Congratulations on a beautiful project.

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