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.

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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 the back on either side of the zipper don’t line up quite right. It probably won’t be noticeable as my hair will generally cover it, but I wish I had cut more carefully. 🙁

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Overall it turned out nicely though, and I look forward to wearing it in the coming Summer. And to those of you who commented I need an iron- I have an iron; I just don’t have anywhere to use it at the moment. I ordered a small tabletop ironing board last night though, and it will be here on Wednesday. 🙂 Wednesday I will give these dresses a good going over and have them ready for real wearing. 🙂

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.

s3673mockupI 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?

m5330mockupI 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 am I planning? I have this absolutely gorgeous red floral fabric I bought years ago. I originally bought it to make a dress out of, but either I was a lot smaller than I remember ever being or I dramatically mis-read how much fabric I would need for it because the piece I have is about enough to make a top and that’s it. I have a few pattern ideas in mind for it, but nothing definite as I’ll have to re-check the yardage and see what I actually can make with it. That project will probably wait for warmer weather though as the red floral, while gorgeous, is so light that its almost sheer.If I had made a dress form it it would have had to have been fully lined.

I also need to stop buying new fabrics when I have a ton in my craft room already!