Oh hai there!  It has been awhile hasn’t it?  Well I have been sewing a lot this month, that is a whole other post though.  Then there are all the other projects I have sewn in the last 3 months that I have not blogged about.  Maybe some more tomorrow.  Definitely not in another month though.  Today, however, is dedicated to the dress that I made over the weekend!

Musings of a Seamstress

May I present my newest maxi, view A of Simplicity 1804!

I love it!!

Musings of a Seamstress

This is my second time using this pattern.  Last time I made view D.  View A has been on my must make list since I got this pattern forever ago.  The only thing stopping me was fabric.  I could never settle on one I liked the best for it.  Until last year, when I got this pale pink and gray floral print from Jo-Ann’s red tag section.  It is a super soft swimwear like knit.  I think it has just a bit too much stretch and delicateness to be serious swimwear though.

This pattern did require one major adjustment though.  The following pictures are just for your amusement and hopefully you will be able to avoid the issues I had.

Musings of a SeamstressMusings of a Seamstress

The picture on the left is exactly how the pattern was originally.  It is hard to tell from this picture, but there is about 1/4″ of my bra hanging out.  Now I am all for showing a bit of cleavage, but wowzer that is way too much!  The second picture is where I pinned it at a spot I thought would work better.  I took in the center front seam by 3″ total.

Musings of a Seamstress

Once I tried it back on it was still a quite a bit lower than I thought when I had pinned it.  So I took it in another 3″ tapering this one down to the bottom of the bodice.  I then had a lot of excess front skirt fabric so I created a reversed box pleat to add a little more tummy hiding fullness to the front.  I am so much happier now that I took in the center front.

I really like this style, but I am not sure if I will make this pattern again though.  The twisted band across the bust seam is very distinctive and I do not think that I need another one at this time.  If I do make it again I will probably add some sort of inset belt between the bust and skirt.  For now I have several other patterns I want to try out  this summer.


  1. I’ve been eyeing this pattern up for some time and think this is a fabulous version. Thanks for the heads up on the cleavage issue too. Yes, there’s putting the “girls” on show and then letting them hang out … the latter is often a problem for me on V neck patterns!

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