Yesterday I told you I was starting work on Simplicity 3673, view A. I had planned to cut the pieces yesterday and do the sewing today. Instead I did the cutting, realize the temperature had dropped enough that it really was nice in my craft room, and decided to keep going. I know Simplicity patterns are supposed to be easy, but this one was so ridiculously easy I spent the whole time wondering when something glaringly wrong was going to happen. Thankfully, it never did, and the whole thing went perfectly smoothly except for the part where I forgot to stitch the side seams on the bodice until it was about to be stitched onto the skirt. That was minor though and really didn’t affect the assembly process at all. I was able to cut and completely construct the dress in a few hours, even getting the zipper in properly on the first try. Trust me, that’s major for me. I am horrible at zippers no matter how many I put in.

When I tried the dress on, I realized I probably should have gone up about half a size in the bodice. The skirt portion is fine- its a beautiful fit, but the little bit of slack I would have up top is taken up by my (overly) large breasts. Ugh. This is a close-fitting dress, and believe me- if you think the measurements on a given size will be tight, go up because they will be tight. You can also adjust it down a bit as you go if needed.

 

The only place I differed from the assembly instructions was I did not use gathering on the front of the bodice, instead I used two ppleats on each side, and I didn’t use a buckle to finish off the faux-belt’s bow. Instead I used a large black button and stitched it into the middle of the bow, securing it to the belt, and tacking the belt down into place. I can see this jumper looking fairly casual with a shirt or blouse under it, but without the shirt, its actually a pretty sexy dress. Anyway, it looks just like the photos, and I give it a solid 5 star rating.

Really sorry about how wrinkled it is in these pics- it was pretty wrinkled coming out of my stash and even though some of them shook out, its still pretty bad.

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I’m also especially excited about this dress because its a style I’ve adored for years, but have been heavy so long I’ve been unable to even think about wearing something like this. I still have a bit of a belly, but it looks good, and in another ten pounds, it will look great!

This is my next project. I am doing view A, which is the one on the far right. I’m using a deep wine colored cotton for it, as I discovered I had 5 freaking yards of it and I wanted to see this one done in something simple but still bold. I don’t know if I will do the faux belt that goes with this or not. If I do, I might make a different one, though I do really like the idea of the bow on the front of the dress.

I am really set right now on having some new clothes for this summer, and as many versatile pieces as I can manage. What I really need are tops, as I think I have about 5 shirts that are not t-shirts or sweaters. I do have some buttons downs, but I don’t have any cause to wear dress shirts really so they just stay hung up.

Anyway, I’m hoping to get the cutting done on Simplicity 3673 finished today and can start sewing on it tomorrow.

I’m also really looking forward to my order from Fabric.com to get here. I picked up a fabric I want to use for Butterick 5491 that I think is going to look fantastic. Its a bright turquoise, black, and white that looks kind of like broken tiles. I almost didn’t see it, but when I did, I fell in love. I hope it really was still in stock when I ordered it- its showing now on the website as unavailable.

aquaI also ordered some kelly green broadcloth, and charcoal grey rib knit, two spools of green thread, and a dark green zipper. I have a plan there too but not 100% on it yet. Maybe I’ll share it when I sort it out for sure.

m6396I’ve added two more pattern to my stash over the holiday, one being this cute jumper pattern, and the other being this reversible coat. The jumper pattern I grabbed off of eBay after watching it for quite a while, and the coat pattern came from my mom for Christmas. I’m looking forward to sewing both of them, though I don’t really have any fabrics in mind for either one just yet.

I also have received my packages with both the cranberry corduroy fabric and the floral Moda fabric, and they are gorgeous! Both will work perfectly for what I had planned for them, and I can’t wait to get started.

Mattie’s mom got me a $25.00 gift card to Joann’s. I was able to get a new box of pins, as I have a bad habit of sewing over mine and they’re mostly bent all to hell and back, a thread spool rack, which i am going to mount on the wall to better organize my threads, and a 9″ round cake pan, because we have cupcake pans but not actual cake pans, and I don’t always want cupcakes or muffins!

I had hoped to have the corduroy jumper finished for Christmas, but there just wasn’t that much time and well, its Christmas today and the fabric is sitting on the coffee table waiting to go out back to my craft room.

I hope everyone is having a great holiday with their family, friends, or both, that you’re enjoying good food, and that your day is all you hoped it would be. I’ll be spending this evening with Mattie’s dad, brother, and our roommate, and we’re having steaks for dinner. Its going to be a great meal with apple cider to drink, and plenty of fun! Merry Christmas!