Pattern In Action: Simplicity #2444

My wardrobe has been missing a little black dress for a very long time and every girl should really have one in her closet.  I decided for Halloween that I would be “Couture Witch” because if Coco Chanel was dressing as a witch, she would totally wear an LBD.  For this dress, I decided to try Simplicity #2444 because it has a fitted waist with a full skirt and a flattering neckline.

Simplicity 2444

I decided to use some left over midnight blue, black satin backed taffeta from last year’s steampunk dress I made for my sister.  I used the reverse side so that the blue is on the underside and the black became the right side of the fabric.  I knew that this taffeta would hold its shape really well and add a little additional glamour to an otherwise plain dress.

The major hangup I had before sewing was which dress design to sew.  I’m not a big fan of the cape collar because, as you all know, I try really hard not to create dresses that skew too cutesy otherwise I start looking like a little girl.  I turned 33 this summer and I really think I should strive for “sophisticated” more than “cute” — this is a lot harder than you would think.  Then I vacillated between the cap sleeves and the 3/4 sleeves.  Stand collar?  No collar?

In the end, time was my determining factor.  The Dia De Los Muertos bag took three days longer to complete than I had planned, so I was left with one night (yes, just one night) to pull a Project Runway home challenge and sew my LBD in time for Halloween.  I went with the ultimate in sophistication… total simplicity.  No collar, no sleeves.  Just clean lines.

Simplicity 2444 in progress

I cut my fabric in record time! 1 hour flat.

Simplicity 2444 in progress

Marking darts. I actually really enjoy marking & sewing darts!

Simplicity 2444 in progress

Sewing darts… bring on some shape!

Simplicity 2444 in progress

Bodice, meet Skirt.

Simplicity 2444 in progress

Installing the zipper.

Simplicity 2444 in progress

A double zig zag stitch was used to finish all seams. This taffeta sheds like a cat in summer, so it’s not a step to skip!

Simplicity 2444 complete!

Front view.

Simplicity 2444 complete!

Back view.

Things I like about Simplicity #2444:

  • Pockets!!  This is me grinning.  I had fun with these pockets and sewed them so that the blue was the right side.  It gives a little peek-a-boo factor.
  • The vintage style of this dress is really accessible, but it still looks modern.
  • The back bodice fit incredibly well without any special alterations!  This was a fantastic discovery since I usually have fit issues with the back bodice on most dresses.
  • The neckline is incredibly flattering.  If I make this dress pattern again I don’t think I would put any collar on it because I wouldn’t want to ruin the flattering neckline.

Things I don’t like about Simplicity #2444:

  • The front bodice darts.  I feel much more smushed in a bodice with darts like this and still prefer princess seams that shape well but let me breathe better.
  • The zipper installation was completely different than anything I’ve sewn before.  It’s not lapped and it’s not invisible.  It uses a regular zipper and then you match the fabric in the middle so that they cover the zipper.  Hmm.
  • This final point is more my own problem than the pattern’s fault.  But the skirt is quite full (more full than you might realize at first) and I didn’t have time to slip stitch the hem.  Instead, I opted for a blind hem, but found myself in a make-it-work moment when all the fullness gathered at the end of my hem job.  This is something I need to rip out and re-do.  Just be aware that you will have a lot of fullness to ease in as you hem this skirt.

Here is how I wore my dress on Halloween to the office.  From Party City, I added some fantastic striped tights and a very chic little headband hat.  There was a mesh veil on the hat that I ripped out as well as a fake silver fabric buckle (less is more, my friends, especially when rocking feathers).  The shoes are Carrington signature soles from ShoeDazzle (in black patent) and the pearls are 100% real.  The pearls were a gift from my mom, the first set she bought way back in the day.  They are a classic graduated string from Japan (with matching earrings and a ring) and every time I wear them, I feel like a Lady Who Lunches. I love that my cat eye glasses (prescription) from Old Focals instantly took this look into Retroland!

Simplicity 2444 in action.

Simplicity 2444 in action.

And Instagramed!  Samantha on Bewitched would have been proud.

Simplicity 2444 in action.

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  • Madelyn - I love love LOVE how this turned out!!! It looks gorgeous on you, and dang girl, you really did make it work, oh so much better than many of the designers on PR 😉 You also totally made me fall in love with this pattern. I wasn’t in love with it when I looked at it on the Simplicity website, but it looks so smashing on you, how can you *not* adore it!? Tres chic!

    “Supersonic… magnifique… tres tres cool et tres tres chic…” 😉ReplyCancel

  • "E" - Adorable!! 🙂 Once again….another fantastic job!!ReplyCancel

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