Over the weekend I made a muslin of Simplicity 2443, an out-of-print pattern that I got in a pattern pyramid giveaway. It's SO cute on the envelope, and I desperately need to nail down a go-to knit tank dress pattern (okay...desperately might be a stretch, it's not life or death). Many of the reviews state that the straps are fiddly, and also being a little unsure of the sizing, I opted for a muslin.
You can always tell how someone feels about their muslin by the photos. Terrible lighting? Blurry? Frowny face? She hates it. And such it is with me and this dress. It was WAY too big. Let's take a look at the measurement chart, eh?
My bust is 33, waist is 27, hips are 36. That put me pretty close to the size 12, so that's what I cut, even though I've never come close to a 12 in Simplicity before. "Trust the chart!" my brain said. "It's always easier to get take it in!" said my pragmatic self.
I turned it inside out so you
could see the style lines.
The bodice pieces fit well until I added the straps, then there was gaping under the arm. The waistband portion was 2" too big on each side. The straps were too long (it was much more low-cut than it looks on the envelope). Basically, just too big all over. I compared my corrections to the original pattern pieces, and they corresponded almost exactly to an 8, TWO sizes smaller. The waist I can probably get away with a 6.
So tell me, sewing goddesses, what's a girl to do? Trust the charts? Ignore the charts? There are finished dimensions for the jacket, but I couldn't find any for the dress. Knits in particular can be tricky since they all have different degrees of stretch. Error on the side of too big, and then alter to fit? What's the secret?