Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Simplicity 2373. Or, the "Making Lemonade" dress

Am I the first person in the whole wide world to sew up Simplicity 2373 and reveal my results online? There were no reviews on Pattern Review, no Flickr hits, no blog posts categorized by Google.

With no evidence to the contrary, allow me to declare myself the first!

The result?

I like it.

Maybe not LOVE it.

But it'll do.

Cute. Wearable. Good learning experience as always.

I wish the shoulder straps were a little more.. something. Slightly wider maybe? Set in a little closer?

Serendipitously, the straps do happen to fall exactly over my bra straps, which was a happy accident.

The bodice is too high under the armpits, but that is likely my fault. I cannot abide straps that fall off my shoulders, so I tend to overcompensate by making them too short. In other words, it's not necessarily a pattern design flaw, but rather user error due to my inexperience in executing fit adjustment.

Or maybe it's just my sloped shoulders.

Or my bad posture.

Probably bad posture.

Anyway, the other issue I had stemmed from the gathering at the empire waist. Because my fabric didn't have much drape, it ended up looking *quite* maternal. About six-months-along maternal, to be exact.

Not good when you're 45 months postpartum.

I pulled out the gathering and put in pleats instead, which I sewed down several inches. That solved the problem, at least satisfactorily enough.

One fun technique I did try for the first time was using plain cotton muslin in place of the interfacing called for in the bodice. This was suggested by Gertie on her fabulous blog, Gertie's New Blog for Better Sewing. In her June post of summer sewing tips, she suggests we can build more comfortable summer wear by sewing in natural fibers for interfacing rather then using iron-on synthetic interfacing. The natural fibers dissipate body heat instead of trapping it against the skin as synthetics do. Why didn't I think of that? And it was just as easy to quickly baste the muslin on as it would have been to iron on interfacing. Definitely a tip that I will use again. Thanks Gertie!

I know you're over the Fourth of July, America..

but I am behind on my blogging and I don't want to skip past this project!

Samantha and I could not agree on a fabric for her4th of July dress, so we compromised and bought both the red, white, and blue batiks show below AND the Hello Kitty novelty fabric (for a shirt completed but yet to be photographed).

This is from the Izzy & Ivy pattern, "Macy Giggles". It's a simple pattern that any somewhat experienced seamstress could handle with ease, but the instructions are terrible. If I were a novice, I would have wadded the entire pattern and lit it on fire. Sorry Izzy & Ivy, I hate to give an indie pattern company a bad rap.. but really poor execution in the instructions department. That said, having a good idea about how the pieces should fit together, it's an adorable dress that came together quickly.

The pattern also called for little (or no?) top stitching, so I top stitched where it seemed logical. The fit and sizing are terrific as well. Super cute detail in the the over sized covered buttons.

A+ for sweetness factor!

Here is another version of this dress in a size 3. I'm in love with these fabrics!

Here's a better view of the covered buttons on the back.