|The Pattern: Simplicity 1803. Size 8. I made the sleeveless version with the yoke.|
Fabric: I used 2 yards of this beautiful flowery quilting cotton. I was a bit nervous about using quilting cotton to make a dress because it gets such a bad rap, but it was honestly a dream to sew with. The seams pressed beautifully, and I love the slight stiffness that it adds to the skirt.
Notions: Just a blue invisible zip and a hook-and-eye
Pantone Challenge Colors: Koi, in the flowers
Time to Complete: Months? Probably like 10 hours of actual working time, and about a month of hanging on my door time...
First Worn: to dinner with the girls! I got an awesome bento box, if you're interested...
Wear Again? Yes. And again, and again, and again
Total Cost: Around $35, including the pattern and notions.
Instructions: They actually weren't that bad! I would say that the sizing is pretty off (typical) so I made a much smaller size than they suggested. Other than that, I had no problems.
What I love most: The fit! I, deep breath, actually made a muslin. It paid off because this dress fits me like a glove. I ended up modifying the pattern bodice a LOT, and if I hadn't made the muslin this would have been 100% unwearable. Honestly, there is nothing better that a well-fitting garment; it's the reason I wanted to start sewing my own clothes in the first place.
What I would do differently next time: I TOTALLY FORGOT to change the position of the pockets (oh yes, there are pockets! Did I mention that???) so they are really low. Not ridiculously low, but they need to come up another couple of inches for optimal hand-in-pocket placement.
Alterations: So many!
Shortened the bodice by 2 inches
1 inch sway back adjustment
Shortened the straps 1/2 inch
Added a lining to the bodice and the skirt
Pinched 1/2 inch out of each side of the upper back
Pinched 1/2 inch out of each side of the sweetheart neckline
Shortened the hem by 6 inches
Took out about 1/4 inch of fabric just under the bust, on each side
Recommended? Yes, but be prepared to alter if you're a little lady! I think the time I spent altering was well worth it. The pattern is so cute, and the possibilities are endless!
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