|With a different belt! This was|
just what I had within reach.
This is a momentous event, because I haven't done that for quite some time.
It isn't a complicated dress, but it still sat on my workroom table unfinished for the better part of two weeks.
It isn't a complicated dress, but I liked the pattern so much I made it in a Liberty cotton that I've had sitting for several summers. It's cool and airy and I love it.
The pattern is Simplicity 1609, and I noticed it a while back on Gertie's blog. I'm glad I read her review of it, because this dress does not have the Big 4's usual excessive ease. I'm usually a 12 in Simplicity, etc., but I went by my measurements this time and I'm a 14. I know it looks a big spacious on the dress form, but that's because Evelyn's back isn't as wide and she's somehow not gained an inch or so in the chest where I have. We won't even discuss her refusal to adjust her waist measurement to mine.
The darts on this pattern really make a difference in the fit. Even though I like shift dresses, they tend not to be the most fitted things in my wardrobe. (Yes, Simplicity is calling this an A-line dress, but we can agree to disagree, can't we? It feels more like a shift when I'm wearing it.) This has two darts in the front and one in the back. And if I'd kept that center front seam, who knows what greatness I would have achieved?
|Hard to see the detail of the Liberty print in the full size photo|
This is cute and I love that you've used a Liberty print for it. Perfect for the summer we're having!!!
After seeing your version, I am re-thinking this pattern. I do love your version. Thanks for a great post!
Beautiful! Yay for sewing for yourself!
Adorable dress! And it was great seeing you today.
Oh what a lovely dress! I think I've bought that pattern. I really need to spend more time with the machines. How are you doing? How is semi-retired and working for yourself going? g
This is such a great dress! I'd never noticed that pattern either but now I kind of want it. I can't wear shapeless shifts, but with all those darts maybe this would be "airy" rather than "tenty." Gorgeous fabric!
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