As for Simplicity 2444 itself I can see why this pattern has proved such a hit with seamstresses everywhere, not only because of the endless variations provided with this line of patterns (I love the little croquis kit so you can play around with which combinations of features you like before cutting). It's a timeless design and I love the whole simple, classic and comfortable style of this pattern. It's the perfect basic dress for me with a lot of features that are just to my taste; the cap sleeves, flattering fitted bodice with unique darts, perfect height neckline and a bit of fullness to the skirt. I'd like to try making this up again in a fabric with a slightly crisper hand to give the skirt more body and perhaps with a less busy print to show of those lovely angled darts on the front bodice. I definitely want to make up a few more variations of this dress, bearing in mind my post Me-Made-May aim of making more wearable clothing that's not to be worn with jeans!
However, one thing to bear in mind is the sizing. This was believe it or not my first time sewing with a pattern from one of 'the big four', with the exception of vintage (I guess I'm just an indie pattern designer girl at heart!) and I was surprised at how big the sizes run. Looking at the back of the pattern envelope I fit in pretty much exactly to the size 12 on the size guide, but when looking down to the finished measurements section they were about 3" bigger than my size! The fact that the version of the pattern I had received with Sew only started at a 12 and that I'd prefer it to end up too big than too small I decided to just go with it! It ended up big but salvageable; I'd definitely downsize to a 10 (or even possibly an 8 looking at the size guide) when working with Simplicity patterns in future. I tried it on before inserting the zip and ended up using over an inch and a half seam allowance each side to put it in! This rather sketchy method of alteration worked out fine though, and although I did loose some of the two innermost pleats into the centre back seam I'm happy with how it looks.
|O yeah, and there's pockets! Could this pattern get any better?!|
|Another one that's good for twirling too!|