Experiments in fitting: Simplicity 2648

12 Jul

I finally finished Simplicity 2648 last night – just in time to wear for a full day presentation at the office. This was really fun in parts and in others majorly frustrating. The pattern is one of the Amazing Fit series from simplicity which includes A-, B-, C- & D- Cup pieces and skirts cut for Slim, Average, and curvy. I cut a size 22 curvy on the skirt and a size 20 D-cup for the bodice. The pieces were fine to work with but my body is unusually shaped in many parts (aren’t we all) so there was a lot of adjusting too. I liked that the instructions give you a lot of guidance to fitting the garment but I still found I was making things up as I went.

The bust was the trickiest as I wear a 34GG bra. Beneath my bust is probably my smallest part but overall I wear a size 20-22 so figuring this pattern out was a challenge. Below is what I ended up doing on the princess seam as it was gaping badly at the arm hole.

The instructions you baste together most of the seams first then adjust as you fit. I used the left over rust coloured thread from the skirt and jacket I made last week so it was easy to see what needed to be removed once the actual seams were sewn. To fit this part, I unpicked the princess seam.

Then, with the side front piece laying flat, I overlaped the bodice front piece with the seam allowance tucked under then pinned in place.

I took out a lot from the side seam and from under the bust.

By the pattern; Pin fitting; Finished shape

In the end I probably took too much out but by this point I had gone back and forwards with pieces too many times and was quite over it. I took out the zip in the back as I was sewing with lovely thick navy double knit.

I paired it with my lovely new Veronika Maine birthday coat (thanks Mum & Dad) and was happily blue all day.

6 Responses to “Experiments in fitting: Simplicity 2648”

  1. sewsister July 12, 2010 at 23:05 #

    Absolutely stunning, you did a great job on this dress and it looks fantastic on you!

  2. Brumby July 13, 2010 at 09:50 #

    It is an amazing bust fit well done!

  3. Lexi July 13, 2010 at 21:14 #

    Hello – just found you over at the Self-Stitched September group and thought I’d comment because your dress looks wonderful with what I think is the coat I was coveting from Veronika Maine! Sadly, I couldn’t afford this treasure. The double-knit is such a great idea: no zip, yet the dress looks nice and structured.

    • thislightgetsin July 14, 2010 at 07:09 #


      Thanks so much for your comment – and I bet it is the same coat. I *love*the stuff in that store and it’s one of the few that I know I can walk in and something will actually fit me (well most of the time, anyway). I’d been eyeing it up ever since it came out at (NZ$517!). Then it went down to $256 and my folks who are living in London wanted me to by something for myself for my birthday last week – so I did and it had gone down again to $155. That’s the other great thing about Veronika Maine, don’t know if it’s the same in OZ but they have *wicked *sales whenever they get new stock in. Still a splurge but I love it 🙂

      Alana *This Light Gets In*

  4. Chloe Masada July 23, 2010 at 20:38 #

    This is so fantastic! I want to make a dress like that too!

  5. quarterlifegirl July 24, 2010 at 09:02 #

    Hey, thanks for commenting on my last post….I love discovering new blogs that way!

    You’re so smart….when I do my fittings it’s typically less…precise.lol. To adjust at the armholes I usually pinch a bit and eyeball it. I’m assuming it’s the same thing in the end, but I’m going to try your way from here on out. (As you can tell by that, I’m still very new at fitting garments, lol.)

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