Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Amazing Fit Dress - Simplicity 2648

Simplicity has this line of patterns called "Amazing Fit".  They seem to be a collection of good basic designs whose main distinguishing feature is that they include multiple versions of each piece for (above the waist) different cup sizes and (below the waist) for a "slim", average or "curvy" fit.  I'd been meaning to buy #2648 since my friend and enabler G started raving about it as a great pattern.  When G makes a recommendation, The Sewing Lawyer listens.  (Not just for sewing patterns either. Snap major household appliance decisions have been made based on G's seal of approval.)

So it is entirely predictable that Simplicity 2648 did indeed turn into a very nice dress that fits rather well.  The only drama relates to how long it took me to get around to actually sewing this up.  I cut it out along with the grey summer suit on June 12, for heaven's sake.  

It's not that I'm having a bad hair day. Rather, the headless photos turned out sharper so are better pictures of the dress.  Which is what you are really interested in anyway.

This is the last of the true summer sewing for The Sewing Lawyer.  Maybe there will be one or two warm days in September suitable for wearing such a sunny summery dress.

Oh all right.  More sewing details.

The dress is made from a somewhat substantial cotton/lycra woven.  I hope it won't be too warm to wear, but its relative stiffness means it'll never cling.

There are princess seams in front and darts in back.  And there's a waist seam.  But you can't see any of them in this busy print.

I cut the B cut bodice and the "curvy" bottom.  The entire difference between the average and curvy bottom is that the curvy back has 4 waist darts and the average only two.  There is an extra .5" at the hip in the curvy fit.

I've had the belt I'm wearing for (conservatively) 25 years, and it wasn't new when I got it.  I haven't worn it in years but would wear it lots now, if it hadn't shrunk in my closet.  I'm going to clone it in a bigger size.


17 comments:

  1. Unfortunately I can't see your pictures for some reason, but I'm another G who raves about this pattern. I've made two already and will do another one I'm sure.

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  2. oooh, yet another line to explore and spend money on! :-)

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  3. WHAT a knockout! I love it! Congratulations!!!!!

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  4. This pattern really worked out nice for you. The fit looks fabulous.

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  5. Very nice! I think it must be the humidity in closets that shrinks things. The same thing has been happening here ;/ And I have belts that old too. Some thinks you have to hold onto.

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  6. Beautiful! What is it with closets shrinking belts, anyway? I have a couple of belts that shrank in the closet, too.

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  7. That's a fantastic dress, great fit. I love the belt, it is a perfect addition to the dress.

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  8. Belts shrink in your closet and in mine it is jeans ;-)) The dress is great, G was wright about the dress and the sewing lawyer made so perfect. When you say June 12, you mean of this year? Well that is very fast. Remember my UFO of 2008 ;-))I want to see a picture with the jacket and your head ;-)

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  9. The dress looks great. I like a slightly more substantial fabric for an end-of-summer dress, it transitions nicely into Autumn with a cardigan or jacket, and the print looks perfect for this.

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  10. One of my favorite patterns. Never thought of trying it in a print. TFS

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  11. I've seen the pictures now and love the print.

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  12. I hate it when things shrink in the closet. I just cleaned out my closet and gave about a zillion things to my now grown daughters. They all shrunk. I love G's pattern choices, too. Turns out she and I independently came to the same go-to skirt pattern years ago. Once I learned that, her recommendations became gospel.

    I like this dress; time to look into this pattern!

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  13. Love the fabric! I think it's wearble in the autumn/winter. Can you fit something with sleeves under it? It's perfect for cheering you up on a gloomy winter day!

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  14. I have some Amazing Fit patterns but have been hesitant to sew them because I'm having increasingly bad luck with Simplicity patterns. They never seem to fit right, have many mistakes and sometimes confusing directions. Since I'm not an expert seamstress, I find this very frustrating. But, I'm an avid fan of Sewing Lawyer so I will take the plunge and try these patterns. I have the princess seam dress, the blouse and two slacks.

    Thanks for the reveiw.

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