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.
Oh wow I LOVE IT. Stunning!
I think the sleeves and hem are a good length, so maybe she did you a favour! I bet it took some self control not the swear out loud though 🙂 That colour looks great on you. Love the pattern, and agree, that illustration is divine. Have you made the other version with the bigger skirt?
Heh, yes, there was some cussing under my breath! I haven’t made a full skirted one – yet..