January 05, 2015

Sew: Simplicity 1653

You know you're on to a good thing when you wear a dress for the first time and you get heaps of compliments. Winning!

The pattern is one of the Amazing Fit range. I just whipped it together and didn't fit it very much. Once together, the sleeves were really baggy so I took the whole side seam in another 1cm. The dress fits very nicely and there is no gaping across the front. However, by the end of the day I felt that the sleeves were sliding off my shoulders ever so slightly. My bra straps never showed but I could feel the fabric sliding and I kept wanting to pull the sleeves back up.

I used fusible knit stay tape on the neckline before simply turning over and using a twin needle to stitch the neckline. I ignored the instructions.

The fabric is a beautiful printed jersey from Tessuti Fabrics. I don't think it's going to wash well so I will need to be careful when washing. I hope it doesn't pill like a few of my previous printed jersey makes. The fabric is very lightweight and drapey so I need to be careful not to tug it too tight across the wrap. I love the blue colour and the print. Blue is my favourite colour to wear but I don't sew with it very often. I really want to work on that!

Project Details
Pattern: Simplicity 1653 Amazing Fit Knit Dress, view B (with 3/4 sleeves), size 18
Fabric: Printed Jersey from Tessuti Fabrics Online (sold out)
Alterations: Took side seams in an extra 1cm, plus an extra 0.5cm in the underarm area
See Also: Sew & Style | The Pattern Hack | Barbara Jane Made

I have ordered some black viscose jersey from Tessuti and plan to make another version of this dress (or Simplicity 2369) for work. A black knit wrap dress will be a great basic work dress.

Who else loves a good faux wrap dress? What's your favourite pattern?

L x


  1. Yes, I can see why you have received a lot of compliments. The colour and style suit you perfectly and it is very well made.

  2. Love it, beautiful colour, great fabric and fit!
    I've got another on the cutting table, now I'm happy with the fit.Thanks for the link!

  3. ohh, that's lovely, hope it stands up to washing for you

  4. I love it! I actually have this pattern in the stash but haven't made it up yet, but I think I will have to now... Finding good quality jersey is a bit of a nightmare, isn't it? I mostly buy from EmmaOneSock now, because she has remnants from RTW manufacturers which I find are generally higher quality

  5. You should just wear this everyday <3 It looks amazing on you!

  6. This is absolutely smashing on you, Leith! The style and colour are a fantastic match- no wonder the compliments have been rolling in!

  7. Looks fabulous. I bought this fabric as well. Love it!

  8. Looks fantastic, love the style, v neck and sleeve length. You look great in blue too. Do you happen to have any left over fabric, say 15-20cm strip? I didnt get enough for the casual lady dress i made from the same fabric and it is a wee bit short for work!

  9. No, sorry! I cut it out at Sewjourn and I'm pretty sure I used the whole thing. There was only scrappy bits left that I binned. Just had a look through my fabric box and there's nothing in there. Sorry!

  10. It's gorgeous - can totally see why it solicited some compliments! Absolutely love the print :)

  11. You look great in blue! Pretty fabric and dress.

  12. IT looks great on you and I adore that colour! Blue is my best colour although I still can't help but adore red. How would you rate the pattern for a beginner sewer? I'm attempting a Bluegingerdoll Winifred dress at the moment but having all sorts of problems with fitting the bodice to my 44inch bust. I'm beginning to think I should stick with jersey dresses!


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