So, I understand that Simplicity 2245, the Lisette Portfolio dress designed by Liesl Gibson, is kind of a thing. After the pattern had been taken out of print, it caught fire on Pinterest and copies grew scarce. I believe they go for big money on eBay.
According to Liesl's blog, despite much customer interest and many requests, Simplicity decided not to reprint 2245. Reading a bit between the lines, I am guessing that copyright concerns prevented Liesl from reissuing the pattern in its original form under her own brand, Liesl + Co.
|2245 Line drawing. The pants are cute too!|
I like the new design and I think the V neckline would probably suit me better than the original round neck. But when I showed the pattern to my friend Amie as part of our "smock project" to outfit her in comfy funky smocks, she preferred the round neck. I blithely assured her that redrafting the Cappuccino dress to return it to the original Portfolio design would be no problem.
I'm going to show you a couple of photos of the inside of the dress, in case someone out there would like to try a similar "back to the future" adaptation of the current pattern.
The gray linen smock for Amie is actually the second version I made of the pattern. After downloading, printing (all 45-some pages!), taping together, tracing and altering the pattern, I felt a need to check it before cutting into the final fabric. Using a cotton print bought for little at FabricMart (specifically for making test garments) and a scrap of linen from Amie's Tosca Dress, I mocked up a trial version. Here it is pre-embellishment:
I brought in the side seams underneath the arms and through the bodice to see if I could make this muslin work for me, but it's still really too big for me to wear out of the house. And it is long! Not the hemline--though I shortened that six inches--but the distance to the pockets. I can hardly reach them.
Even though I couldn't see myself getting much use from this garment, I couldn't help but try to dress it up a touch, with an applique made from some very fancy Anna Maria Horner ribbon.
Now I honestly like the tunic, but the colors still look grim on me and the neckline is still too large. So I'm tracing out a smaller size at the chest and shoulders, and shortening it through the torso, and I will see how that goes. I can't imagine this shape being particularly flattering on me, but it could be so comfortable and practical for my everyday activities of writing, housekeeping, cooking and childcare. I think it would be great for winter worn over a warm turtleneck and warm leggings or pants as an upper layer to brighten things up and hold my phone and tissues. And think of the crazy possibilities for combining fabrics and trims...
I think the round neckline is really sweet actually, and seems to suit the smock better. But I really like the opportunity to contrast prints as you have done on your trial version (and on the longer sleeved version on the original pattern). I'm guessing Amie is delighted and looks wonderful in her grey linen smock, but I must confess I am smiling at the notion of petite little you trying and failing to reach the pockets! Again, this is not a shape that would do me many favours (smocks are too maternity wear for me, not enough waist definition) but as we know, there are horses for courses in this world! I'm surprised you don't think the colours in that pretty print would suit you - I feel sure they would flatter your colouring beautifully. I do look forward to seeing a smaller version on you, Virginia, I think it would look lovely layered up for colder weather as you describe! xxxReplyDelete
I'm one of those people who got on the Portfolio bandwagon way too late, and I don't like the V-neck either. It's so annoying they won't reprint it but your round neck version looks pretty spot on.ReplyDelete
Well, at least you have a great nightgown. I always like to find a positive use for everything :)ReplyDelete
Woo, thanks for this! I've wanted to do just this, but would probably never have got round to it. But now...!ReplyDelete
I made the Portfolio dress muslin but need to size it down. It looks a bit hospital gownish on me. I do love the pockets and will probably make it a bit longer. I like it in linen so much! Beautiful job!ReplyDelete
Do you sell this pattern, it looks great!ReplyDelete
i like this pattern. Is this it for sale?ReplyDelete
I love this pattern and every thing you did to it! I hope you still get these messages. I would gladly pay you for the pattern if you have it cut or not. Please email me. Barb Kuhlmann. email@example.comReplyDelete
I too, would love a pattern, I like both necklines... you rock babe ;-)ReplyDelete
I also would love the patternReplyDelete
I noticed this dress on Pinterest, which led me here. I LOVE the pattern. Yes, it looks kind of frumpy, my dad would have hated it, but I care not a whit. I'm not proficient at making garments without a pattern, but I might try this one. I really want one made of linen. Perhaps I'll try a muslin first. Thanks for posting this. -Doris McI.ReplyDelete
So ridiculous this pattern won't be reprinted since there is great demand. Want it!Delete
Won't someone share theirs at maybe $10 a pop?ReplyDelete
thank you for your photos as I think I can recreate using them. Love the look of this dress. LoraineReplyDelete
Your photo has been appropriated by “adorenanashop” on instagram and adorenana.com to sell what is likely cheap garments. I encourage you to report the adorenanashop account for copyright infringement (using your photo). I’m reporting it as spam but only the photo owner is allowed to report copyright infringement.ReplyDelete
your pic has been stolen by lemonscoca.com--I got an ad on Facebook from them and commented on it/reported it, but there was no space to send FB a link as to why. You should report copyright infringement to them.ReplyDelete
yes same here - https://roselinlin.com/products/women-summer-short-sleeve-pockets-cotton-blend-shirts-topsReplyDelete
I would love to know how you make a round collar for this dress, I dont much like the v neck. ThanksReplyDelete
What is the name for these kind of pockets? I need more info before I can attempt this, but I LOVE it.ReplyDelete
Love to buy the pattern is ther any chance?ReplyDelete
Como puedo obtener patron tamaño real perdon por la preguntaReplyDelete