|Yes, we coordinated :)|
I used Simplicity 3503 and made the long view with a deep v-neck and back. I raised the neckline a bit, though, as I don't think undergarments should be optional (and, now that I've seen myself from the side--pics I won't be sharing here, by the way--I can see that Spanx should not be optional either. Santa, I hope you're reading this!)
|It's the left-most evening dress|
My fabric was not as formal as on the envelope, but I wanted to use it because I thought it was pretty and the colors seemed wintery to me. Plus I like to wear grey, black and blue. I have no clue what dresses look good on me, and the thought of trying on a bunch of clothes at the store makes me a bit discouraged, so I decided to try this one and learn as I go. This pattern has been very popular and I especially love Eugenia's version, though I made a different view.
I consider this project successful for several reasons.
- I achieved a nice finish on the inside and out (not perfect, but I have far less practice on knits than I do on wovens and I was very satisfied with the progress I've made).
- I achieved a decent fit. I made a few adjustments before cutting the pattern out and made several adjustments during the sewing process as well. You can read the technical details in my pattern review if you wish.
- I sewed myself something. I don't sew for myself much, so it felt really nice to spend some time making something I could wear.
- I feel like I conquered my fear of knits. Sure, the fear may creep up again, but having to make adjustments and unpick and re-do seams taught me that knits are not as intimidating as I thought.