Pattern in Action: (It’s So Easy, It’s) Simplicity 2884

I was unpacking and sorting my fabric stash this week and found this dress I made about a year ago for Tessa’s wedding.  I had forgot all about it!  It’s another Simplicity pattern from the It’s So Easy, It’s Simplicity collection, #2884.

I chose this pattern because I needed a dress with a Havana Nights vintage feel to match the theme of the wedding.  This was back in the day when I did all of my shopping at JoAnn Fabrics because I lived in the San Fernando Valley and let’s be honest… driving over “the hill” here in Los Angeles is a pilgrimage unto itself.  Unless I was buying special fabrics as I did at Michael Levine for the steam punk dresses, I was able to find exactly what I needed at my local JoAnn Fabrics.  I bought this fabric on sale (because JoAnn Fabrics constantly has sales with coupons!  Bless them!) and with the pattern, fabric, and notions, I don’t think I spent more than $30 total.

Last August (2011), the finished dress looked like this:

Things I like about Simplicity 2884:

  • The retro styling is a lot of fun to sew AND wear!
  • It’s fully lined, which adds an extra degree of class to the garment construction.
  • People thought my dress was from J.Crew… what a nice compliment!
  • It’s fitted through the bodice and the skirt is full, adding to the vintage appeal.
  • The pleating detail in the halter neckline is really attractive.

Things I don’t like about Simplicity 2884:

  • The gathering in the bust needs to be adjusted.  I tried (unsuccessfully) to insert bra cups, but I really need a lot more support to wear this dress well.
  • Twice over:  I wish the pattern had bra cups built into it and included in the pattern instructions because even a halter style bra wouldn’t be suitable and I definitely need support!
  • The boning in the bodice does not qualify this pattern as “easy,” so I think the pattern name is a little more advanced than “It’s So Easy”.
  • Take the measurements really seriously because the bodice is very fitted and when I wore this dress I was over 20 pounds heavier than I am now and I felt a little like a stuffed sausage for most of the day.

Here are some more views of this dress taken in the corner of my new sewing studio!


So far I’ve been sharing projects that I like to call “blasts from the past” but this weekend I am breaking out my sewing machine in my new studio and working on a couple of new projects.  I’m so excited!  I also have to post a two part recap about competing flea markets at the Melrose Trading Post and Rose Bowl Flea Market.  Stay tuned and I promise you more stylish entertainment…  Happy Friday and happy stitching!


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  • CherryPix - Such a pretty dress! Love the b+w fabric….I have this pattern too …not made..yet…ReplyCancel

    • Mary Ann Williams - Thank you!! I hope you make the pattern someday… I would love to see how yours turns out. It’s always so cool to see the difference in each of our personal styles and tastes, which fabrics we choose and whatnot. I’ll keep an eye out for your dress! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • astimegoesbuy - Fantastic pattern! I would have so many dresses in this style if I could sew!
    Love the black and white fabric. Very nice.

    • Mary Ann Williams - Thanks, Laura! I’ve been thinking so much lately about your black & brown combination… I’m figuring out something to do with that. You inspired me! Stay tuned for the result…ReplyCancel

      • astimegoesbuy - Really? I inspired you? That is so cool! 😀
        You just made my day.
        Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

  • Sarah Allyn Bauer (@sarahallynbauer) - I LOVE this dress! can’t wait to see your new creations! #sewinggoddessReplyCancel

    • Mary Ann Williams - Thanks, Sarah! I am breaking out my sewing machine again this weekend… we’ll see how quickly I can pump out a new & simple project. 🙂ReplyCancel

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