I love this photo!  I couldn’t resist!  We were downtown for the Singing Angels concert in the lovely Allen Theater in Cleveland.  (My son and daughter are musicians.)  We were heading to a very nice restaurant a few doors down and –  presto – a city grate!  (I’m a bit superstitious about walking over those myself.)

This dress is Simplicity 2398, a Jessica McClintock design.  It includes stapless and halter options as well as variations in length, overlays and the under-bodice.

My daughter selected the full length, halter-style, without an overlay.  The fabric is a crepe-backed satin from Joann’s. ( The color is truer in the outdoor photos.)

The kids head downtown about 8:00 A.M. for a 3:00 P.M. show.  They get ready in dressing rooms so all the clothes are packed.  When she stepped out on stage I have to say she looked stunning.  A friend had done her hair in long, soft curls and it looked beautiful.

These photos were taken about 8:00 at night, in the waning light, dinner stains and all.


Pattern Description:   Special occasion dresses in two lengths.

Pattern Sizing: 12

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?  Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow?  For the most part, the construction was straightforward.  Since the skirt is cut on the bias, it is a large pattern piece and it is split into two.  I was able to avoid this because the fabric was 54″ wide and I purchased the required amount for 45″ wide.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  The directions were straightforward and there were not that many steps in the construction.  I found the description of the “bands” and their “facings” a bit confusing and sewed the wrong pieces together.  I caught the mistake and was able to correct it.

Fabric Used:   Crepe-backed satin.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:   I did not use an overlay.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?  I don’t thinkI would sew it again because my daughter loves to pick out new styles.  However, I think the style is classic and elegant and is one of the best I’ve made for her.  I would recommend it to others.

Conclusion:   My daughter received many compliments on this dress….it has an outstanding look.  People were even coming up to her to take her photo. In the end, this was a mom-approved dress that made a 16-year old girl happy!