Well, I have many reasons.
#1 - I like to sew.
#2 - I need things to blog about.
#3 - I can make it fit the way I want.
#4 - Sewing a classic, basic garment is good practice, like doing scales on a musical instrument. And all musicians, even professionals, need to do that everyday. Ballet dancers need to do their bar exercises. In other words, practice makes perfect!
Here is the pattern I'm using. It's has full length princess seams front and back plus raglan sleeves. This dress should be pretty easy to sew and fit.
And a black dress is a handy thing to have in your wardrobe and my current black dress doesn't cut it anymore. It's too big and out of style.
I like to think that even though I work for Simplicity, I am also an ordinary consumer of their patterns. I rarely see what's going on in the offices, since I only visit once or twice a year and never see the work on their fashion patterns.
AFTER I did this, I THEN read the care instructions for the fabric I'm using, the Sohpia Double Knit above, and see it says to hand wash and line dry.
OOPS! ... But, you know, the fabric feels fine. Rogie, at Vogue fabric says people have told her "you can't kill Sophia" Good to know.
I might not throw it in the dryer again, though.
I've used 3 other Amazing Fit patterns in the past and I was skeptical at first, but they work about 89 percent of the time. And the 11 percent that doesn't work is easy to fix.
Well, actually, the worst part is probably putting all the pieces BACK into the envelope when you are finished ... ha ha.
Since I am using a knit, albeit with limit stretch, I've decided to cut one size smaller than I technically should. Even a knit with limited stretch has quite a bit of give in it, so I shouldn't need as much wearing ease as I would using a woven fabric.
Wearing ease being the amount larger a pattern is cut than the body measurements to allow for sitting, bending, eating, breathing, etc.
But, I will have to be vigilant. With a very dark fabric like this, it is easy to get the sides mixed up and THEN after the dress is all done, there would be a couple panels sewn the wrong way and look horrible.
Click on the little square photo of the beige fabric above if you are interested in it.
Next time sewing and fitting.