Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Pattern Review: Simplicity 3503

This dress is my 14th entry into the Pattern Stash Contest at Pattern Review. I made this dress in only two hours- it is so fast and easy!

Pattern Description: This pattern is for knit dresses in two lengths with bodice variations. It's one of Simplicity's "day to evening" patterns with casual dresses and more formal options.

I made view B, which is a shorter length with cap sleeves and a low v-neck in the front and back.

Pattern Sizing: This pattern comes in sizes 6-22. I made a 14.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, very much so.

Were the instructions easy to follow? There were a few errors, but the dress is very easy to put together. First of all, in the cutting layout section, the pattern does not tell you to cut a lining piece for the waistband sections- you will need this. It appears to omit this step for just the view A and B parts. So cut two of both the front and back waistband sections.

Second of all, the instructions never tell you how to cross the center front and center back together, in order to sew them to the waistband. All you have to do is match the two center fronts together (they will cross) and baste or pin in place. Then do the same with the center back. Then attach the waistband.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I initially got this pattern for the maxi halter dress which is very popular right now. However, view B caught by attention with the low v neck in front and back. I like the gathering detail in the bust and waistline. I think it's a dress that can be worn casual or dressed up.

Fabric Used:I used an ITY jersey from Denver Fabrics. It's hard to see the print in the photos but it's almost an animal print with shades of black, green, and turquoise. I really love the feel of this fabric, it's very soft and flowy. I spent about $13 to make this dress- not bad at all!

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I made one size smaller than the pattern recommended for my measurements. I also took about two inches off of the length.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will probably use this pattern for one of the other views. And yes, I would recommend this one to others- it's so fast and easy to put together.

Conclusion: Great lines for this knit dress. BTW, I am wearing a black camisole underneath since the neckline is so low.



  1. Cute! I bought that pattern for the maxi dress, too, but after seeing version B made up several times, I may start with that one.

  2. Oh super cute! Love the fabric choice.