Sewing Day–A Summer Dress

If you are not already aware, me and my best friend Gemma are making an effort to make time once a month to have a Sewing Day. On the first one we made a jacket which I blogged about here . As I prepare for my next Sewing Day with Gemma I finally got myself into gear to write an article for our last Sewing Day, which happened at the end or March. Ops!  IMG_0004 For this I used Simplicity E1653 which I got for free with issue 94 of Sew Magazine. As I wanted to shop my stash (both pieces came from my local Abakhan store) for this and maybe do some colour blocking, which I tested on the croquis above.

In the end I chose to make view B with long sleeves slim fit. Before I started sewing I shortened the bodice and sleeves by 3cm. The skirt was also shortened by 7.5cm. As I intended to make most of it on the overlocker, I cut of 1 cm of the seam allowance. 

I tried to follow the instructions but I also looked online are reviews and found that some of the instructions were wrong, so I ended up doing my own thing. Simplicity dress 6I finished the neckline with clear elastic that was about 2.5cm shorter than the finished edge. I should have taken my time with it, but I didn’t and it itโ€™s not the prettiest on the inside. But on the right side, it looks lovely and as it stretches nicely across the bust (due to the elastic). Against pattern instructions I finished the hem on the bodice before I stitched the side seams, In fact I  finished the side seams last. Simplicity dress 7I made the ties and and sleeves with the yellow fabric, as I could not be bothered cutting them separately in different colours. Simplicity dress 5Once I attached the tie to the front wrap, I top stitched in place and cut off the excess. In this section I did not reduce the seam allowance. I also used the triple zig-zag as this stitch does not create as many waves as double needle. Simplicity dress 8 On the hems I used the same stitch, but before sewing it, I used the knit interfacing to get a wave free hem. Simplicity dress 4Once I tried the dress, I discovered that I needed to take out about 5cm off the side seam to get the fit I wanted. I hate when dresses are too loose. They just look awful. I prefer a closer fit that shows off a bit of my curves. Simplicity dress 11 I did make one mistake with it, Iโ€™ve put the tie that sits inside the side hem a bit to high. But you cannot really tell from the pictures. As long as I tie it really tight it is not an issue. Simplicity dress 28I think the back looks a bit weird with yellow sleeves, what do you think? Simplicity dress 38Simplicity dress 56Summer where are you? I am all bright and ready for you!


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