Initially, I had visions of wearing this over a cute red and white striped shirt all winter long, but that didn't work out. I actually made the Simplicity top included in a bamboo knit, but the fit was just weird. The neckline came in wayyyyy to close/high. It was almost like a turtleneck without the turtle/neck part.
Plus, I looked like a weird elf, so there was that.
Truth be told, this isn't the most reached-for make in my closet, although I do whip it out occasionally. The saga of making it (I accidentally cut out the blazer front instead of the dress front, then ran out of fabric before stealing some extra from Sally's stash) left me a little disillusioned with it by the time it was done.
|See all those lumps? LIKE VELCRO.|
It lays much better with just a tank underneath and without tights as the fabric tends to stick like velcro to whatever's underneath in an unflattering way. I had a hard time finding photos where the clinging didn't make me look like I was wearing a too-small dress stretched to the seams. In the photo above, you can even see that it's clinging to the top of my leggings. The bodice is also just a liiiiitle bit too long.
|And one where I un-stuck the dress before the picture...|
I'm sounding really negative, I know, but I do think this dress has potential to be really cute if you had the right fabric! The fit was pretty good out of the package, and it would have been a quick sew if I hadn't cut out the wrong pattern piece!
Overall, I'd recommend the dress if you've got the right fabric, but definitely not the top. I probably won't be making it again; it just doesn't feel like my style.
Pattern: Simplicity 1325
Fabric: Polka dot ponte knit
Adjustments: Hacked 4 inches off the length of the skirt