Yet another dress finished, I have a backlog I need to photograph and share… This is Simplicity 4693 in a lovely light weight printed cotton I picked up at Fabric a Brac a year or so ago. I had been sitting on this lovely dress pattern for some time, I had almost six meters of this fabric, so plenty for another project (or two!) I used it here, for Simplicity 1720. This belt I picked up at an op shop – I think it is close enough to the fabric print, but I’m not sure if I like this dress with a belt, especially so wide a belt. The gathered bodice and skirt are a bit lost with the belt, I think those gathers are worth seeing!
Isn’t that just the most lovely pattern illustration you’ve seen? I had some little problems with this dress…. namely unexpected alterations when I wasn’t around, one of the risks of sewing with small children. I found Luna had made some cuts in one of the front skirt pleats, the sleeve and skirt hems! Shock and almost tears, she was a bit worried about it, I see what she was thinking, I often put my garments on my mannequin to clip curves inside and make adjustments, I think that’s what she was helping with. Heartbreaking none the less! To repair the garment, as the fabric is prone to fray, I used some iron on facing behind the pleat, and had some colour co-ordinating fabric pencil, I coloured it in and ironed it, hoping to fix the colour. I had to make the sleeves shorter than I wanted, but the skirt hem was ok, it was going to be shorter anyway. Sigh. It’s alright in the end.
Here it is! Short days and a busy Rob means I don’t get much time to have photos done, one shot and the camera battery went flat, so you’ll have to be happy with photos on my mannequin. I had some fitting issues with the neckline, it gapes, at the back as well as the front, I made some extra darts at the shoulder back neck line, which don’t look so good, but help the fit.
I made a toile with a slightly different fabric, and cut this out before I learned about the hollow bust adjustment that I need to make for a better fit, this dress has such a wide and low neckline, I guess it makes the fit even more problematic. I might have to have a bit of a play around with the fit and should have it ready for spring, I do love it and can’t wait to make it again.