Yesterday was day 4 of my sewing frenzy, and after I loved View A of Simplicity 3673 so much, I knew I had to make View C. The bodice is the same as View A, but the skirt is fuller instead of tight and narrow. I had a large piece of black cotton broadcloth so figured I’d dive right in.   Unfortunately after I cut the skirt pieces and one set of the bodice pieces, I realized I did not have enough black in my stash to cut the lining pieces too. I poked around in my stash for a minute and came up with some white broadcloth that I decided to cut to use for the bodice. I thought everything was going smoothly with my sewing except first I sewed the back seam of the skirt all the way up instead of leaving it open partway for the zipper, and then as I was picking that seam out, I wasn’t paying attention and picked out one of my darts instead and had to put it back in. I also wasn’t quite as careful when cutting as I should have been and as a result, the top edges in theRead the rest…

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 aRead the rest…

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 useRead the rest…

I just picked up 3 yards of a gorgeous cranberry red corduroy fabric on eBay and am waiting for it to arrive now. What am I going to do with it? I threatened Mattie that I’d make pants out of it, but I think I have a better idea now. This jumper dress (with the narrow skirt) would be great to do with that fabric! The bright color will be toned down a bit (I hope) but the simple lines of the dress, and paired with a long sleeved t-shirt, it will be great for winter. I will probably line the entire thing, though I’m not sure what with what fabric yet. Maybe something really out there to make it a little more secretly fun. No one ever sees the lining fabrics, but it could still be nice to use something really flashy in contrast to the solid outer color. I’m actually thinking maybe a gold color? I also grabbed some gorgeous floral print fabric- an out of print Moda from the 80’s. I’m planning on making another, slightly shorter version of McCall’s 5330 to channel my inner 80’s girl. I think it could be really cute. What else amRead the rest…