Thursday, 14 September 2017

Adventures in Sewing: Simplicity 1587

It's been a while since I have posted on this blog. I've been busy with my job and with social life. I have, however, had the time to sew another great petite garment from a petiteable pattern: Simplicity 1587. Although I have been able to find a ton of great petite and juniors' size clothing at the mall and online, I also like to be able to make my own clothing. Most sewing patterns don't cater to petites, but Simplicity sometimes makes "petiteable" patterns, which are patterns for women of average height but have petite cutting lines so that shorter women can easily alter for their own height. 




I have a whole bunch of home-made clothes that I wear semi-regularly: the Butterick 4985 shirt, a cotton knit maxi skirt, a bunch of summer dresses, and a kimono. I want to start getting more into dieselpunk fashion so I wanted to sew some 1940's and 1930's dresses. The Simplicity 1587 is the only dieselpunk-era sewing pattern that is petiteable so I went for it by default. The pattern comes in pattern dress sizes 6-12 (this is NOT the same as RTW dress sizes) and I chose a size 6. Unlike the Butterick 4985, I only recommend this pattern for advanced sewists for the following reason: there are too many parts to this dress. The bodice yoke was fine but the hip yoke and matching these seams at the sides was a nightmare. the hip yoke seams still don't match perfectly even after 3 or 4 attempts. The finished dress does fit great though. Another thing I don't like about the pattern is how the petite cutting lines are only for the bodice, which I used to shorten the bodice by 1". There are no petite cutting lines for the skirt portion of the dress, so I had to guess and shorten it by 5/8".




Although the finished product looks great, I don't ever want to sew this dress again. The matching the hip yoke seams at the sides is too much of a nightmare. 




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