With my return to work imminent I became concerned with something terribly terribly important. What the heck would I wear on my first day back at work given the number of biscuits I’ve been eating on maternity leave.
I got the Simple Sews Skater dress free with a magazine last year and put it aside. It looked like a nice simple dress that would hide a few (rolls of) sins.
I’ve only made one Simple Sews pattern before but had serious issues with its sizing i.e. I was able to fit it when 7 months pregnant. However from the reviews I read no one seemed to have an issue with the sizing. Going by my measurements (serious lack of waist definition right now – see my comment about biscuit consumption during maternity leave) I cut a size 18.
The other issue I’d seen written about was the short skirt. Everyone recommended adding 4 inches to the skirt. Unfortunately my fabric was too narrow and wouldn’t allow for this. So I thought I’d just see how it turned out.
It turned out to be mahoosive and short. So short you could practically see what I had for breakfast! Not exactly the look I was going for…..
In the end I took it in by 4 inches down the centre back seam because I couldn’t be arsed taking it apart elsewhere. Also as the fabric had some ease it didn’t matter so much on the bodice shape.
I’d run out of fabric to do a curved addition to the skirt and didn’t have anything of similar weight to do a contrasting panel. Instead I cut straight pieces to add interest to the bottom (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it).
I wore it once like this though and hated it. It just didn’t hang nicely and looked too matronly. In the end I cut the bottom back off it and rehemmed it. I just have just had to accept it’s a little shorter than I would normally wear and remember not to bend over too often!
All in all its a pretty shaped dress but the picture on the packet doesn’t exactly reflect the pattern. For example the pattern has a scoop neckline and the packet is a high neckline. The packet also suggests it’s knee-length when it’s decidedly shorter than that (I’m 5 ft 5 and its halfway down my thighs)
I will make this again but will go for a smaller size and longer skirt in future.
(ignore the strapping on my ankle. I was a div and twisted my ankle while out running)