One of my students last year made a dress out of this pattern (Simplicity 2406). It turned out great and I particularly like the off the shoulder sleeves. Not until this summer break that I am able to attempt this pattern myself. This is the first sewing project I worked on in my new studio, so it is extra special for me.
Material and Pattern
|I made this dress out of Linen. I bought this fabric from ebay awhile back (it was very cheap!), it has a beautiful texture and a fantastic tone.|
I only have 1.7m of Linen, which is not quite enough for most dresses. After a night of fiddling with the layout, I managed to fit all pattern pieces on the fabric by combining style B and D.(Making Style B but having the length of Style D).
Process 1- Gathered Neckline
|For a neater edge finish of the facing, you need to sew 6mm from the unnotched edge, this line of stitches will help you with the folding. Fold the raw edge under, clip it to help with the curve. Sew along the folded edge.|
Process 2- Hidden Side pockets
I read from patternreview that some crafties avoided making the hidden pockets in this pattern, simply because they thought it's too hard. To be honest, the sewing directions for the side pockets are not the best (they are correct, just not the best!), I was a bit confused by the diagram shown.
Finish the side seams by overlocking them :)
Process 3: Off the Shoulder Sleeves
The sleeves look pretty complex in terms of construction. They can be bit tricky but they are quite achievable. The sewing directions for the sleeves are very clear and easy to follow. I took photos of each steps, hopefully they would be helpful for you..