As soon as I saw the new Attache Pattern from Lisette for Simplicity, I knew I wanted to try making this dress. It is just the sort of summer style I can imagine in a myriad of different fabrics from basic and casual, like this first one in vintage chambray, to modern, printed, or silk.
With this design, I was drawn to the angled waist detail, slightly full skirt, and built-in cap sleeves — flattering and perfectly effortless for warm Northern California summers. I made this first one as a “wearable muslin” to try out the pattern and play with the fit. I say “wearable muslin” because I am not patient enough to make a real muslin; But I am willing to experiment with $3.00 vintage fabric. I picked up this chambray at one of FabMo’s periodic yardage events. The non-profit sells off donated fabric, from the industry as well as individuals like costumers, at $1.00 per yard. Yeah, a super great deal!
I cut the bodice pieces a size larger in certain areas which I then had to take in because it was too big. I also ended up slightly shortening the top from the shoulder seam (something I do only as a last resort). The original pattern did not seem to need shortening but when it came together the shoulder fit was just too big. Next time I would try shortening the bodice per the guidelines on the pattern, as I do with most dresses. I widened the neckline to make it more flattering however it was too much, and the facings are not very pretty as a result. So I will revise those alterations for the next one.
I prefer the silhouette with a belt but come high summer weather I will be glad for the looser unbelted option.
Overall this dress came together very quickly and easily and I am happy with the result. This is the third Lisette pattern I have made. I like them all because they are cute, the fit is better than most from the major pattern companies, and Liesl’s instructions are stellar. Last year I made the Continental blouse and skirt as well as the Market blouse.
Gosh, the more I write about it the more I want to look through my stashed fabric and make another one immediately! It would give me the opportunity to remember my revisions and achieve a better fit as well as result in another fabulous spring/summer dress. I can’t lose! The Market blouse I mentioned above is definitely on my list to make again too.
Have you ever made a new pattern and liked it so much that you made another one right away? Do you have any sewing pattern recommendations?
– lotus peach