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Posted on:1/30/14 7:27 AM
Project Photo:Simplicity: 5052 by yummymummy38

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Pattern Photo:Simplicity 5052
Simplicity Pattern Info
Pattern Rating:Great Wardrobe Builder
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Fabric:Cotton Blend  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description: select of empire lined sundresses with differing details

Pattern Sizing:6-10, I made the 10/12.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?No, this was a starting point for a concept. I wanted to make a retro-inspired sundress. Last summer 08, Cue shop (Australian fashion shop for the working girl, 25-35yo) had several plaid poly taffeta '50s inspired dresses. Mine is more '40s because of the sleeves that I added.

Were the instructions easy to follow?yes

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
great basic pattern, with flattering lines for a rectangle/brick like me. I have made this twice before.

Green/gold batik sundress. White/red spotted sundress.

Fabric Used:cotton/nylon/lycra blend black/white gingham.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:Sway back adjustment. Cut 4 cm off hem. Design changes - instead of straps supplied, I cut rectangles on the bias and on the fold, sewed up the long side and turned seam to inside. I pleated each short end and tacked it in place on front to cover bra straps. My teacher Liz helped me tack it to the back in the form of a V. I also added a sash stay and a violet grosgrain ribbon sash. A silk flower would also look cool. I wore this to my DD's piano lesson and her teacher thought the back looked lovely as I played a duet with DD.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?I will retire the pattern for now. Perhaps my DD will make use of it in the future (although she's only 11 now!)

Conclusion: a great dress for creating different looks
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LTC said...
Love your use of the gingham, cute dress.
1/31/14 2:04 AM
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