I mentioned back in March that I was planning on entering the Simplicity star sewer blogger challenge - I decided to enter the Best Dressmaker Project category. The challenge was to make up New Look pattern 6145 (which was very kindly sent for free).
At first I decided to do view A using some fabric I bought in Vietnam which is a bright teal coloured broderie anglais. I liked the look of the softly pleated sleeves and the simple neckline. Then to change it up a bit I wanted to add a front pocket similar to a RTW tunic I'd seen.
I chose to make a size 12 using the fit help section of the Simplicity website.
I made the pocket by cutting the front piece in two, adding seam allowances to the cut edges and then constructing two horizontal in-seam pockets. I also shortened the dress by 12cm because I'm pretty short and I thought I would wear it more if it's more a tunic length, but maybe not so short that I couldn't wear it with thick tights and boots if I wanted.
The sizing is comfortable, although as you can see in that photo there's a bit of a gape at the front neck, there's also a little at the back, but not so much. I wonder if I'd cut out a 10 bust and graded to a 12 waist (which is what I usually do, but I was persuaded otherwise by the Simplicity fit guide) this wouldn't have happened, or if I actually need to do a neck adjustment another time.
I've worn it a couple of times already - so that's a good win for me :-)