Sunday, December 22, 2013

Simplicity 3727

This pattern is out of print, unfortunately. But with a little digging around you can snag one for a good price. The major pro of this particular pattern was the directions were AMAZING. I understood exactly what I was being told to do the first time every time. The major con was there was a lot of hand sewing. A LOT. Far more than I expected, and depending on how you trim, a lot that could have been avoided.

My absolute favorite part of this dress is actually the back. It makes me think of later Victorian styles.





TIME: I clocked in at 20-1/2 hours (plus hand sewing those frog clasps on in the car on the way). My hand sewing is slow. And this outfit has a lot of it. But this time also included the collar and bustle pad that goes under there. I did not have time to make the under sleeves for this dress. I ended up buying some at the event. Something that saved me some time was the pattern on the fabric. Luckily lines on the plaid were spaced right where I needed them to be when making the pleating on the skirt.

ALTERATIONS: I didn't make any to the overall design since I had no prior experience with this time period. The bodice was a little big in the chest area for me, and I probably could have stood to go the next size down. If you plan on adding the fringe (or some other trim) exactly where they have it you can completely machine sew those sleeves if you want to. The trim covers the place where any stitching would be seen. I wish I had known that. I used premade frog clasps and black piping around the neckline.

EASE OF INSTRUCTIONS: I love whoever wrote these instructions. LOVE them. I wish they wrote all the instructions for every pattern EVER. Even the illustrations made sense to me.

8 comments:

  1. wow, thanks. I think i need to find this pattern. I actually love handsewing and find the directions on most patterns confusing.

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    1. The hand sewing was more an issue for this project because of how short on time I was. Looking at the package I never would have guessed it called for as much as it did.

      The only step that gave me pause was when I was attaching the skirt pannels to the yoke/waistband, and that was because I didn't notice the difference between some of the markings for some placements (I was rushing at this point to complete the project, I still had a ball gown to make!). When I stepped back and really looked at what they were saying, I got it.

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    2. I found one on ebay for about $5. I don't have anything to make it for yet, but thank you for doing this review.

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    3. it is worth way more than $5, but bargins are always the best!

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  2. hi thanks for the review, I'm making this dress at the moment, and it seems to be quite hard to find other people who have made it. It is also my first time sewing in this era

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    1. Good luck with it! It really is a nice pattern, and if I ever had a need for another gown from this period I would definitely use this pattern again.

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  3. hi thanks for the review, I'm making this dress at the moment, and it seems to be quite hard to find other people who have made it. It is also my first time sewing in this era

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  4. i am trying to finish this dress but when i moved house i lost the instructions if anyone could send me a scan of the instructions i would appreciate it very much

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