Thoughts on Simplicity S1358 Dress

Thoughts on Simplicity S1358 Dress

Jul 07, 2020Ann Steeves

Sewing mojo is still spotty, thanks to - oh god, that list is too long. Just trust me, it's tough to get excited about much right now.

BUT! Some sewing has been going on. Last night I decided to cut out Simplicity S1358 dress. I made the hi-low tank version, view B.

There's not a lot to say about this pattern. Here's the description from Simplicity's web page: "Six dresses made easy! Make with a scoop neck and maxi, high-low or short length. Dress can also be V-neck with center front seam and maxi with or without front slit, and short lengths."

Okay, so to add a bit to the marketing fluff, it's a semi-fitted knit dress with different lengths (above knee, hi-low, and maxi). Neckline and armholes are finished with self-fabric bands. View A,B,C have a scoop neck. Views D and E have V-neck and racer back. View D also has a center front slit. 

Construction Notes

I used Mint Chocolate Chip Striped Cotton Jersey. 

There really aren't a lot of construction details. The pattern is quite simple: front, back, armhole binding and neckline binding. Because of the stripe, I duplicated the pattern pieces and used a single layer layout.

I serged all seams and bindings, and used my little Brother machine to stitch down the serged allowances at the bindings.I thought about using my coverstitch for hemming the hi-low, but it was faster to just use my sewing machine, so I did.

I cut the bindings on the bias, for contrast. Yes, I know some people will say I should have cut the armhole bindings on opposite bias. Suck it. My dress.

Here is the finished version on Shelley. I'll get DH to take pictures on me tomorrow before I leave for my buying trip.

I hope you're staying cool and sane!

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