This week I will be reviewing Simplicity 1653, the faux wrap dress.
Video to see the narrow hem line described in the Video:
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Misses' & Plus Size Amazing Fit knit dress in knee or calf length, surplice front with ties & 3/4, cap or flutter sleeves.
I made size 12
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?
Instruction 10. didn't make any sense (I explain in detail in my video review)
The want you to seam up the sides before the neckline finishing and tie bands are installed and that doesn't make any sense because they have to be enclosed into the seam.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
1. I like the surplice neckline and the raglan flutter sleeves.
2. I like the length and the fit of the skirt.
3. I like the design of the front pattern that actually wraps and ties, giving the illusion of a wrap dress but the dress is fully secure.
The cup measurement is INACCURATE, if you go with your regular cup size based on your measurements, it will be too big.
Fabric Used: Rayon Jersey from Metro Textiles NYC
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Because the bodice was to big based on the cup size I chose, I had to make a dart to get rid of 2.5 inches of ease to prevent the bodice from gaping and drooping forward.
Luckily, this dart is completely hidden by the "wrap" front, but it's still a major flaw of this pattern.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would like to make it again, because the overall look, when fitted correctly, is very pretty and flattering.
I recommend that you go down a bust size, the negative ease may work for you instead of against you in my case.
But use you regular size in knits because everything else fits well.