One more dress. This is from a Cynthia Rowley pattern, Simplicity 2054, view A. The fabric is a steel blue sweater knit that has sparkles in it that I got from my local Joann Fabrics, although the sparkles are hard to see from the photographs. I was afraid the unusual fabric would be hard for my machine to handle, but there were no problems.
I cut a size 14, but added an inch on each side, beginning under the arm, for some fit insurance, and I added two inches to the length and to the sleeves. The sleeves are almost too long now, but it feels luxurious to have sleeves this long, especially during cold weather. This dress is super warm (in a good way).
Also, if you are wondering why do I keep making patterns that I have to add width to -- why not just make it in a larger size to start with? -- here's why: you want to choose a pattern that fits in the shoulders and upper chest. It is relatively easy to add or subtract width down the side seams, but if I went up a size it would be too big and the shoulders and neck wouldn't fit right. Also, patterns assume that you will have an hourglass shape -- they are graded for people whose waists are ten inches smaller than their busts or hips. Well that is never gonna happen in my world, so there will always need to be adjustments there. And really, that's the nice thing about sewing--you can change things up to better suit you.