Simplicity 2252 Formal Dress

This is a great new pattern from designer Jessica McClintock for Simplicity  2252. 
I made a slight variation on View A for our friend Colleen's senior prom.  She wanted a one shoulder drape, instead of a halter type top.
Colleen found this great chiffon type fabric that looks like water with silver sequin like discs that sparkle.  It's really a gorgeous fabric, and I bet it looked great on the dance floor.  The pattern had called for a stiffer fabric, so what I did was underline each piece with a polyester lining in blue, to give it the stiffness that was needed to form the pleats in the waist area.

The bodice is completely lined and supported with boning. I cut the size 10 which matched Colleen's measurements exactly, but it was too tight.  I had to let it out a bit, so if you make this, I would recommend making a size bigger than your measurements to be on the safe side.

Here is the back view.
It has a small train on the back.  The wind was blowing when we took these photos, so it is hard to see how it should lie. 

Overall, this is a fantastic pattern and I wouldn't hesitate to make it again!


  1. Very looks like she's moving even when standing still, so I bet it looked fab on the dance floor!

  2. Wow, I love this dress, perfect for a young woman, the fabric is amazing!

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