As you know, I started sewing this dress a few days ago, and was expecting smooth sailing all the way through. I made a few minor changes, adding pockets, (which i had to cut twice… 😐 ) and everything was going fine. Then as I was putting the zipper in, I saw somehow my side edges where the zipper goes were not lining up properly. I figured out where the problem was, and when I started unpicking the stitches to take the top band off of the dress so I could fix things, my fabric decided to rip instead. I ended up cutting the top band off, losing about 1/2″ from the top of the bodice.The I found out I didn’t have enough of the same fabric left over to re-cut the band pieces again, so I ended up using some black and white gingham instead. The two fabrics looked better together than I would have thought they would. So, smooth sailing again right? I found the problem, I re-cut and I fixed it, right? Wrong. Everything seemed to be going fine. I tried the dress on and it fit. I sew the straps on. The I try the dressRead the rest…

I decided my next project was going to be the dress from Simplicity 3797. I opened up the bottom drawer of my fabric storage and pulled out the first thing I saw that there might be enough of. That first fabric pick was 3 yards of a deep red floral print cotton I bought about 6 years ago along with a similar blue print and a medium grey/charcoal grey print, the latter two of which I made some peasant type shirts out of that basically required cutting two gigantic vaguely shirt shaped pieces and added lots of elastic to give it the right shape via gathering. I checked the sizing and fabric needs for the dress on the envelope and confirmed I needed 2 3/4 yards. I hadn’t pre-washed this fabric yet, and needed to do laundry so I threw all of our black clothes (which is 90% of the laundry) in with the fabric. I left out the few lighter colors because I didn’t want everything to be pink.I sat down to start cutting out the pattern pieces while I waited. Fabric washed and dried, I laid it out on the carpet (I don’t have room on my tablesRead the rest…

I’ve sewn Simplicity 3797 twice now, once as pictured in a skull-themed print fleece, and once with a complete lining in a cherry themed fabric so it was actually a warm jacket. While I had to create a new pattern piece in order to sew the version with a full lining, it was still really simple and easy to do. The lining is red satin and the lapels are red and white striped costume satin.   I think it took me about 90 minutes to construct the one pictured at left from start to finish as its a very basic design and there’s nothing complicated about it. The lined one took about twice as long as there are twice as many pieces and seams to sew. Both of these were done in a size 22, and while the unlined one turned out perfect, the lined one has a few minor issues I need to address- namely I think I forgot to lockstitch one of the seams in the lining and its coming open near the shoulders on one side. I also would like to take it in a size or two if I am going to deconstruct it to repairRead the rest…