Pattern In Action: Simplicity 1803

After I posted the 3-part series for new grads on Sunday afternoon (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3), I headed to a benefit for a local theatre in Hollywood.  Peeps, you should know that yours truly likes to dabble in acting on occasion.  I enjoy taking a scene study class here and there and I’ve even tried a bit of stand-up comedy.  What will I do with this, you ask?  I have absolutely no idea!  Ha!  It’s just a fun thing to do that helps me stay creative, meet cool people, and also has been instrumental in keeping my speaking and lecturing skills in tip-top shape.

A couple years ago, I came upon The Blank Theatre Company and I’ve enjoyed their shows on the main stage as well workshops with their Founding Artistic Director, Daniel Henning.  On Sunday, The Blank celebrated 20 years of the Young Playwrights Festival by having a star-studded benefit with a performance of monologues and scenes from the past 20 years and a cocktail reception.

One of my scene study partners from Daniel’s classes was performing (and she’s also The Blank’s Office Manager now), so I also went to see Sarah Allyn Bauer do her thing (bravo, my dear!).

Upon arrival at The Avalon, I discovered a mini crowd waiting for admittance along with a small pack of hungry paparazzi.

Thank goodness I wore my Last Hurrah Dress!  I was hoping to have sewn something new but, alas, I have not had time to sew a new garment in over a month because of The Epic Move.  So I wanted to give you the low down on Simplicity 1803 because the more I wear this dress, the more I love it.

What I like about this dress:

  • The princess seams agree with my bust and hip lines.  I recently made a dress (I’ll review it later) that uses criss-cross darts at the front waist and they totally smush what my mama gave me.  Not the case with this dress.
  • The full skirt is comfortable and swishy.
  • The cap sleeves are a lovely touch and very flattering.
  • Additionally flattering is the square neckline with a little notch detail.
  • It has a vintage feel–many people at Sunday’s event thought the entire dress was vintage.
  • Pockets!  Love my pockets.


What I don’t like about this dress:

  • The sizing is a little off… after taking some measurements, I discovered the pattern is drafted slightly larger than the sizing on the envelope.
  • I wish the self-belt was a little wider.  Maybe it’s just me, but I get really annoyed when I wear a cloth belt that bunches up throughout the day so if I make another one of these pieces, I will experiment and try an obi-style belt instead.
  • Surprisingly, the pockets.  They are right in the front panel and I wish they were on the side instead… I might change it up the next time I make this dress.

I’ve already blogged a little about this dress and reasons I originally made it, but here are some more views of the finished product.  It’s a cotton pique and I found the fabric, pattern, and all notions at JoAnn Fabrics in Sherman Oaks.  (I’ll write more about the different JoAnn Fabric stores around town in the future since they vary widely in ease of material selection as well as customer service.)

I would recommend this pattern and if you are one of my readers who sews, too, I think you’ll really enjoy working on this project.  The end result is very flattering and you will begin to see a trend on my blog… I am terribly biased towards Simplicity patterns.  This is a good one but it’s worth checking the garment ease and comparing to your own measurements before you being to transfer markings and cut your fabric.  I still have yet to alter this dress so I just cinch it in at the waist with the fabric self-belt in the meantime.  More room for cake!  Yes, yes… bring it on.

See you later in the week, Peeps!  I’ll show you the before pictures of my new sewing studio as I finally put that room together and get it ready for some new projects.



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