I got it done on Saturday after binge watching Scrubs on Netflix; I finally have the dress that has been put off for nearly 7 months. In my humble opinion, binge watching any show facilitates the best sessions of sewing.
Simplicity 1459, or as I like to call it 'Dress Interrupted', is what I would consider an intermediate pattern. It has some fiddly bits; especially when it comes to the facings of the collar, the collar itself, and the sleeve facings. Overall, though, not a headache but a good and rewarding challenge. You'll definitely take a lot away to use in future sewing projects.
The instructions are pretty clear and understandable; I didn't read them all the way through, just the portion on attaching the collar to the neckline and facing.
Any alterations I have made were customary, and not for any major errors in the pattern itself. I shortened the length of sleeve and skirt in accordance to my proportions and did my usual SBA. After all this it came out exactly as the image on the pattern envelope.
My only complaints are with the notions it asks you to use; the side zip should've been drafted with an invisible zipper in mind, and I would have done it myself had this dress not already been in the queue for as long as it has. However, the lapped zipper does suffice, and it's only noticeable if you're looking for it. The pattern also has you using only two 1" buttons, but I much prefer the modesty of three 3/4" buttons. The lightweight interfacing for the facings are good, but to give the collar the extra crispness of a true vintage garment, you would need to use a heavier weight.
I also would've added more to it, like little lace appliques on the collar, but once again this was pending for too long.
When enough time elapses, I find it increasingly hard to give a project my 'all' and seek for it to end as quickly as possible so that I may continue with my latest obsession. You see, this is why I tend to finish whatever I am working on fairly quickly and precisely, because it's like I'm racing my own desires.
Yes, it is a pretty major short coming from someone who lives and breathes sewing... but what can I say, I have been known to be rather impulsive at times.
In the beginning, it was intended for a gender-swapped Beetlejuice costume, but since I neglected even the small details, such as the horizontal striping of his suit sleeves, it is now merely a 50's inspired cocktail dress that is very vaguely gothic-esque; as it is, the dress makes a very good dress to either "goth up" with accessories, or keep it simple and classy for more formal events.
Thank you to all those who gave me your "two cents"-- it is much appreciated.
And because I now want a sleeveless dress, my next project is locked in!
Spook ya later!