I have this pattern for a long time. I believe this Simplicity pattern was voted one of the best dress patterns of the year in Pattern Review (2007?). I made this for going to a friend’s wedding. It could have been so much easier, except I decided to use a chiffon, so I need to underline the bodice, in additions to having a lining. However, in the skirt part, the pattern didn’t call for a lining. I see this way of handling dresses are quite common in the Big 4 patterns. I just don’t understand why wouldn’t they put a lining for the skirt? Anyway, I put a lining for the skirt. But I didn’t underline the chiffon because I want it to be more flowy.
This is Simplicity 3867. I did minimal alterations:
- I took 1 inch total at the top of the side seams
- I instead of sewing the tucks as directed, I extended them 3 inches, so that I wouldn’t look pregnant in the empire waist dress.