Simplicity 2965: The pockets are shallow, the disappointment is deep. 

the pattern:
Simplicity 2965 copyright 2008 by Simplicity Pattern Co. Inc.
I found this pattern a couple weeks ago at a thrift store. When I saw that it was published so recently but is already sitting there in the thrift, I was like, “Somebody only kept this seven years?! That’s Quitter Talk!”
But I shouldn’t judge. Maybe the original owner went someplace where she didn’t need clothes. Like nudist camp. Or the big bobbin-winder in the sky.
This is one of those “inspired by Project Runway” patterns.
I don’t watch the show, so I don’t know what the deal is with these patterns. Did this design appear on Project Runway? Is this design eerily similar to a design that appeared on Project Runway? If so why isn’t the designer credited? Aren’t some of the people on that show credited on some patterns? Did this designer lose? Do only the winners get their names on patterns? Is it actually nothing like anything that’s ever been on Project Runway, but Simplicity is hoping to pique my interest by referencing a fashiony tv show?
I didn’t find anything on the googles, so I’ll just have to tweet Simplicity and ask. *
What I do know, though, is this: for a fashiony show, these are sooooooper unstylish envelopes. Too much color! What is with that blue? What is with the button clip-art floating around in the background? What is with those fashion illustrations? It looks all chaotic and unsophisticated. To me, of course. My opinion.
I mean, the one photo with the dress in white looks great, just keep that one and get rid of all the other color and prints and jumble.
Keep it simple, Simplicity!

the fabric:
Like fifteen years ago maybe, a costume designer friend gave yardage of this striped linen-cotton blend to my husband, and he hung it in our apartment to hide the white walls that we weren’t allowed to paint. Like curtains, but well away from sunshine. When we moved, the curtains came down and went into my fabric collection, and now here they are today:


cutting the side-fronts on the cross grain was my idea, not the pattern’s.

I ran the photos above through a filter because my face looks better that way, the actual color is more like this:


the dress:
Has some patterning issues! Primarily the Disappointing Pockets! They are so shallow! There’s nothing I can put in there comfortably, INCLUDING MY HANDS!!!!
So disappointing. The pockets promise so much, such an interesting detail the way they magically come out of the side front dart, and then they just let you down so majorly.
Also the bodice has three inches of wearing ease. That is too much. I reduced it to one inch, which I still think is too much. For a dress like this, you really want that delicious Two-Scoops-Of-Ice-Cream décolletage that a snug bodice and the right undergarment will get you.
Also a lower neckline.
Isn’t that scallop-edged elastic cool though? I just realized that in addition to a lot of patterns and fabric, I also have a lot of trim and buttons. So my new philosophy is use a trim. Just, whenever. Which is why there’s a button at the back neck.
I used up a button! Yes! Only twenty million more to go!
Back to the patterning issues though:
In the photo, the bust darts appear to angle outward at the bust, which is nice and gives the appearance of a nice full bust and slim underbust. However, as my striped fabric telegraphs, the darts actually go straight up, which is not super flattering and seems kind of gimicky and weird and made me think snobby thoughts about the contestants on Project Runway and their design aesthetic.
Which, again, I don’t watch, so obviously I don’t know what I’m talking about and should shut up.
If I were to do this dress again, I’d change the darts to princess seams and eliminate the underbust seam at the center front, so the front would magically swoop all the way from those pockets to the neckline. Really play up the magical pockets feeling, like this:


That awesome picture was traced from the pattern cover.

Sew It or Throw It:
It’s a sew? I guess? But not a very enthusiatic one?
Maybe I’m being unfair?
I think I’m just having a hard time getting past my disappointment with the pockets. My Deep Disappointment with these Shallow Pockets. They need to be like six inches deeper. Which would not be a hard fix, but I feel like the pockets are the whole point of this dress, so I’m confused and maybe a little outraged that they aren’t awesome.

* exciting update: @SewSimplicity answered my tweet. The “inspired by Project Runway” patterns are part of a contest open to the the public, so I guess they are, literally, Inspired by Project Runway but not actually part of the show. The winners get a trip to the Simplicity offices in NYC and shop the fabric district and get their pattern published. So that’s pretty awesome.
Also, looking on the Simplicity website, I see that the more recent “inspired by Project Runway” patterns have in fact ditched the chaotic blue envelope for a nice simple photo and line drawing. So that’s awesome too. 


9 thoughts on “Simplicity 2965: The pockets are shallow, the disappointment is deep. 

  1. Don’t throw it looks awesome! It’s a shame about the pockets but next time you can make them deeper tight? The trim is such a pretty touch and love your drawing lol


  2. I’d ditch the bodice next time and turn it into a skirt but that’s only because I’d get a lot more wear out of it. Like your idea for princess seams. It’s very pride and prejudice with that neckline.


    1. Oh man, empire is my favorite time period in fashion, like specifically that moment where it was all Grecian sandals and cotton lawn and misting the dress so it would go sheer and cling. It’s getting hot in here, 1812!
      Hard to capture without the corset though.
      Skirt is a fun idea! Maybe a mini…hmmmm….like in a black wool with the side panels in heavy black satin…that would feel nice as a pocket….good idea!


  3. This is completely hilarious. Your best post yet as it is very funny, technically interesting and you look gorgeous in the dress. I love the way the front comes up over your tummy in a great slick. No need to redesign it – the way you have used the grain makes it interesting. Especially given it was a kind of curtain before. Bravo.


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