I’m excited to write about the 3rd dress that I’ve sewn for myself. I had dreams of sewing dresses for myself for years so it feels really good to finally be able to do it. For this dress, I used the Simplicity 1252 pattern. I choose to make this dress using black denim fabric that I found at JoAnn. I really liked this fabric a lot because of the of the damask print that is on the black denim. I also liked that it is a heavy weight denim because I plan on wearing this dress mostly when the weather is cooler outside.
Simplicity 1252 is a Jiffy pattern, meaning you should be able to make it in a jiffy…lol. There were two main pattern pieces and a total of 4 pattern pieces to make the entire dress. So there wasn’t a lot to mess up, but I still managed to make a mistake while sewing this dress. I accidently twisted the shoulder strap when I pulled the facing through the shoulder straps to get the dress on the right side. This may sound like gibberish if you don’t sew. However, it basically means that my shoulder strap was sewn in a twisted manner and it wouldn’t lay flat. So I had to unstitch my shoulder strap and untwist the fabric then I sewed it again and the problem was fixed.
Like I said earlier this is the 3rd dress that I’ve sewn and I’m starting to notice that I need to work on the fit of my dresses. So I’ve been researching more about fitting patterns and what I’ve learned so far is that I should be making a smaller size. I made this dress using a size 10 (pattern sizes are drastically different from ready to wear sizes). A size 10 in a pattern is for a 32 1/2 inch bust and 25 inch waist measurement, which is closest to my measurements.
However, my dresses always come out a little too big. But I’ve learned that some people think it’s best to use a high bust measurement to determine your pattern size. To find your high bust measurment you place the measuring tape below your shoulder blades. Then bring the measuring tape around to the front of your chest but above your breasts. My high bust measurement is 30 inches. So my pattern size would be a size 6 according to this method. Next time I make a dress or a shirt I will try making a size 6. Hopefully, a size 6 will give me a better fit.
Overall, this was a very easy dress to make. Any beginner would easily be able to make this dress. If you are not familiar with sewing a facing into a dress. There are some great YouTube videos that can help you see how to properly do it. Ther are also great videos for sewing zippers too.
I would definitely make make pattern again, because it’s easy to make and I think it looks cute.