Simplicity 3678

AHH, I can’t think of a better way to kick of the Christmas Holidays than a little sewing-for myself, that is.  I’ve finally gotten around to Simplicity 3678.
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This was done in a day, worn already, and is my new favorite.
Pattern Description:  Dress for knits with neck and sleeve variations.  I used view B, size 12 straight out of the package with no size adjustments.  The adjustments I did make were a function of the fabric I used.  This is a sweater-type knit or more of a lace, I’m not sure.  It has a beautiful lacy scalloped selvage that I wanted to use and it has some stretch to it.  I bought it off the table when they had a booth at the Original Sewing and Craft Expo in Atlanta (4 or 5 years ago).  The biggest issue with it is that it’s very see-through, so any garment made from it needed to be lined somehow.
The instructions were clear and easy to follow, and I had no dislikes.
Design changes you made:  I had at first intended to simply line the entire dress with stretchy bathing suit lining material.  The pattern has simple facing pieces for the neck edge, which I didn’t use.  I sewed the lining to the fabric at the neck and back edges and turned and understitched it all together.  It became obvious at that point that I was going to have to underline (rather than line) the entire dress with the lining fabric because the knit/lacy fabric was not sturdy enough to hold together with a machine-stitched seam.  Also, underlining would be less bulky at the gathering and pleating points.  Here’s a picture of the inside:
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The seams were serged with 3-thread stretch stitch using wooly nylon.  You can also see the selvege above on the sleeve edge.  I used it on the skirt bottom as well.  Also, I cut the fronts off-grain to get the chevron stripes to go the way I wanted them.  And finally, I didn’t add the little gathering detail on the top of the sleeve. 
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At the hem level, I cut the lining off shorter and left it unfinished.
I love this dress!  An added bonus is that it doesn’t require a zipper or any special closure (score!)  I’m going to make this up again soon in something that doesn’t require so much fussing with underneath!
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