Saturday, March 5, 2011

Passport Dress - Simplicity 2209

I was so excited when the new Lisette patterns by the same designer as Oliver + S were announced last week that I bought two of them, and I made up a muslin of one today. :-) I picked the Passport dress, which has some very neat darts and tucks and a classic shape to it.

There's a Lisette blog which has a post which explains the dress and jacket in this pattern. I thought the dress darts were really neat looking, but I was wondering how difficult they would be to sew. Here's the bodice front pattern piece:

pattern puzzle

They are actually quite simple to sew, it turns out. I had to make two alterations to the bodice to fit a little better:


The overlapping from the armhole is a quick and dirty proto-SBA, since the muslin was kind of poofy in my upper chest area. Otherwise, it fit quite nicely. I'll be making this up in a purplish linen blend from the Valori Wells Jenaveve line.

My raincoat is mostly finished, although I'm likely to go in & add the waist drawstring to shape it. It fits OK, but it would be good to have a little shaping in there. And, of course, it needs me to go into the city with it at some point to have buttonholes made up for it.



Faye Lewis said...

I wish the new Simplicity patterns were available in my town. We are always late here. You did a wonderful job with the jacket.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

The raincoat is looking fantastic! And I agree about the waistline - definitely add the drawstring. Those Lisette patterns really look like you, so I'm sure the new dress will be amazing!

Patricia said...

I am excited about the new Lisette patterns as well. Don't forget to show your dress when done!
The rain jacket looks great.

Lindsay T said...

Ooh, nice work, Wendy! Looking forward to seeing the Lisette pattern made up.

SEWN said...

That jacket is looking amazing. Can't wait to see the drawstring added.

Laura said...

Just wanted to say thanks so much for posting your alterations to the Passport dress - I've been tearing my hair out trying to work out my fitting issues. SBA has done the trick!