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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Simplicity 3503- Paisley Halter

Pattern Used: Simplicity 3503

Front:

paisleydressfront

Back:

paisleydressback

Side View:

paisleydressside

Bodice Close-up (to see detail):

paisleydressbodice

Fabric Used: Border Print ITY from Fabricmart. I love border prints.  It makes layout more fun and creative.

Pattern Notes:  I used this pattern before for my friend’s maxi dress so I was familiar with it.  I had to use a different size for me, though.

I used my usual size for knits, 12 on top, 14 on the bottom.  With this pattern, I used a 1o for the back and cut the back elastic using the size 8 guide.  Those two pieces run really big for some reason.

I omitted the pockets b/c I just think they mess up the lines of the dress.

I did something and the midriff doesn’t stretch much, so it’s hard to get on and off.  Not sure what happened, but I think it might have been all the basting. 

Conclusion:  Still a great pattern.  I love the way it’s finished on the inside and the instructions are so easy to follow.

I love this dress much more than I thought I would.  I was just trying to get rid of some stash while I figured out the design of my next dress, and ended up with a dress I love.  I need some purple jersey to make a matching cardigan or something to go over it.  I’m currently using a denim jacket, but I think a purple cardigan would look better.

On another note:

Anyone with kids knows that you can’t have anything for yourself.  Well of course my daughter fell in love with this fabric and had me make her a dress.  I just used the leftovers and threw this together really quick.

dress2

It’s basically two rectangles with 1/2” elastic on the top and a drawstring at the waist.  Slap on 2 spaghetti straps and voila- new dress to please my baby.  I’m normally not crazy about spaghetti straps on kids, but I just wanted to throw something together really quick.  It’s not in bad taste so I’m fine with it.  She now wants us to wear our dressed together so we can match, but that’s not happening, lol.

After looking at the pictures, I just noticed the big paisley on the front isn’t centered.  It’s starting to bother me, but I can’t really do much about it.

A little more detail:

dress3

Flat:

tdress1

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Vogue 1224- B&W Dress

Pattern Used:  Vogue 1224 (yes, I ‘ve finally sewn something current)

Front:

bwdressfront

Back:

bwdressback

Side View:

bwdressside

Fabric Used: Poly/Lycra ITY knit- printed for the self fabric, solid cream for the lining

Pattern Notes:

Great pattern!  The only alteration was to add length.  I added 1” to the front and back bodice b/c the waist is really high.  It’s also worth noting that the front waistline is higher than the back.

I also added 4” to the hem.  I think this dress looks better shorted but I would get more wear out of it longer.  The last thing I need to be thinking about is my skirt riding up when I’m out and about with my daughter.  The skirt is lined so you have some extra coverage if you need it. 

The tie is attached to elastic inside the casing which I really like.  It makes the neckline stretchy and easy to adjust.  My tie is on the other side, too.  Don’t ask, why.  But when I was trying the dress on during construction it just felt right on that side.  I didn’t do a buttonhole and I didn’t cut the slit into the casing until it was just about finished.

Conclusion:  I think this is a really good pattern and I highly recommend it.  I really didn’t have any issues with it at all.  It went together well and was easy to sew. 

Despite all this, this dress really has me re-evaluating my style.  Right before I finished this dress, I finished the Leopard Burda Twist Dress. That dress really complimented me and just makes me feel amazing every time I wear it.  Don’t get me wrong, this B&W dress is comfortable and easy to wear.  I do like it, but I swear it adds 10lbs.  At the very least, it does absolutely nothing for my figure.

I think having these two dresses back to back really highlighted the difference between just a cute dress and a dress that looks great on me.  I should feel the way I feel about my Burda twist dress about all my cloths.  I think I’ve decided to just forget about fashion all together, and just stick w/ basic silhouettes that make me feel and look great.

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