Projects like this, where I fancifully wake up one weekday and decide to sew a new dress, will soon become a distant dream. But it was amazing while it lasted. And although I've not gone too crazy with the sewing output, I have been able to add a few more hand-made items (some unblogged) to the diminished wardrobe I brought with me from Canada, and our apartment is looking a bit cosier with some new soft furnishings I've sewn.
This latest dress-in-a-day project was made possible by using the very easy Simplicity Lisette 2059 pattern. A pattern I picked up second-hand in an excellent un-used condition from Scrap San Francisco for just a few cents.
The pattern is a very unflattering sack-like shape which completely swamps me. But belted up it looks far better. It comes with instructions to make a belt but as I already had a suitable one I skipped this.
The pretty floral cotton fabric was a Christmas gift from my brother's girlfriend (thanks Sophie!). I didn't have quite enough fabric for both the front and back of the dress and so I used a matching black cotton at the back instead. As the front print is quite loud I like how this waters it down a bit so it's a party at the front but more casual at the back, and it also spared any pattern-matching headaches.
Before making it I read a few reviews of the pattern including Shanni's from Shanni Loves. She had made a size 10 but found the fit on the neckline a bit loose. So as I always hear how Big Four patterns have generous sizing I went for a size 8 which was a couple of sizes below my measurements but ended up fitting comfortably at the top. You can see from the photo below that there is a lot of excess fabric in the body but I think this is just the casual style of the dress.
Before I've always used shop-bought bias binding which doesn't exactly match the fabric, and adds a few more dollars cost. So I really liked learning the simple and painless method this pattern uses for creating the neckline and armhole binding out of the main fabric (or in my case I used the black fabric) to be used as a facing.
Now that it’s just about spring, things are starting to become interesting. The jasmine and the wisteria are in bloom; the magnolias, almost over. The place is a riot of color. I walk around gaping, looking like those people in New York craning their necks to see the top of some random building on Sixth Avenue.
|A garden in our neighborhood this month|