I once made a dress, in a pretty black and grey fabric, with gold chains on it. I followed all the directions, tried on the dress, and it fit. Then I tossed it into the laundry to be washed and worn. When I pulled it out, the fabric had unraveled so much that a key seam was not repairable. That dress was Simplicity 1375. I still wanted a dress in that style, but the frustration caused me to put the pattern away for months. I had a cruise coming up, and I thought this fabric (gifted to me by my mommy from her stash) would be perfect for it, do you agree?
As a pattern review, Simplicity 1375 is described as “misses’ and plus size easy-to-sew maxi dresses with faux wrap & flutter sleeve with cold shoulder option. short dress can be faux wrap with flutter sleeves or deep v with 1/2 sleeves or cold shoulder.” I sewed View D in a size XXS with a polyester charmeuse in greens and yellows with a dotted wave pattern. This time to try to ensure I will be able to wear it more than once, I overlocked the raw edges after each seam was done. My fabric did not hold a press well, so I overlocked the binding edges and stitched down instead of pressing under (as per the directions). I also altered the way the casing was done. I used both sections of the seam allowance and stitched them down, instead of following the directions to trim one edge and fold under the other one and stitch. I recognized (this time 🙂 lol) that my fabric is subject to fraying incessantly, so hopefully my changes will prevent this dress from coming apart.
I liked this dress the first time, so I’m glad I took the time to make it again, and I’m glad that I took the time to think about the process beforehand to make sure it will last. I now consider that first dress a lesson to not follow directions mindlessly. Even in sewing we should critically consider every choice in relation to the whole and make the best decision from there. I think this dress flattering, and hope to get a lot of wearings out of it. I do want to mention that the straight skirt does cause a long-legged girl like me to shorten her stride slightly. 🙂 but who cares? Doesn’t it look nice? lol