Simplicity 8130 – Pokemon sundress

I am in love with this bodice pattern.  I kind of knew I was going to like it when I first saw it.  Simplicity 8130.  I omitted the buttons, but added a zipper.  My sewing machine does not handle buttonholes very well.  I could see myself making this top as just a top and not attaching a skirt to it.  I can do so much with this bodice though.  I have one more idea, but it will have to wait until we return from our vacation.  My weekly project pledge will have to take a pause for a week.

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Full petticoat. Big skirt.

The skirt is Mccall’s 7626.  It is a 3/4 circle skirt, so it doesn’t take up as much fabric as a full circle skirt.  I had just enough of this pokemon fabric.  I had purchased all they had left at my local Joann’s about a year ago, about 1.25 yards or so.  I really wanted a dress so I held on to it until I found a good fabric that coordinated.  I couldn’t.  I wanted something summery and nothing looked good to me.  Then, I found the same fabric at another Joann’s and immediately purchased it.  It might not have even been on sale, gasp.

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Once I started sewing, I was a little disappointed.  The fabrics are not quite the same.  One is a little thicker and darker than the other.  😦  Plus, it looked like it had a bleach stain here and there.  Thankfully, the fabric is so busy it’s not super visible.  What is it with my luck at Joann’s?  It’s as if I have better luck at the National City Swap meet.

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More subtle on my monitor, or because of the camera, but a bit more visible IRL.
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Small bleach type spot by Eevee’s ear.

Anyway.  I used a straight size 12 for the skirt, and the pockets, oh my goodness, the pockets.  This girl’s dream.  So large and generous.  Exactly what I want, plus, they get sewn a little into the waist seam.  Now my side seams don’t get pulled on as much when I pack (seriously, it’s like a small purse if you include total space for both pockets) my Nintendo DS and various chargers in my pockets.  The skirt fit perfectly to the bodice, thank goodness.

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I also decided to add some soft horsehair braid to the hem.  It isn’t the super stiff kind, but it still adds a little drama.  It also makes it easier to hem.  I decided to hand sew the hem this time.  It took a while, but I didn’t have thread that matched exactly.

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Without the full petticoat.  I am wearing a lightly gathered cotton petticoat.

I had been debating between blue and black for the bias.  I am glad I went with black.

I got the horsehair for about $6, 25 yards of it!  It’s not the super stiff kind, it’s soft and a little floppy, but it does add enough drama for more casual dresses like mine.  I got it from here https://www.aliexpress.com/item/3-1-8cm-Plain-Veiling-Horsehair-Crin-Acc-25yard-lot-33Color/1469554359.html  I am going to place another order very soon.  I want every skirt to have it.

So far, I have washed it in the washing machine (gentle cycle), inside one of the lingerie bags.  I folded the dress neatly in one of the larger sized bags.  I also dried it in the drier, gasp.  It was fine, and everything was intact.  It didn’t seem to move very much in the bag.  I’ll continue to wash it that way.

 

Simplicity 8130 – Purple Iris Dress

I am in love with this pattern.  The fit is fantastic.  It adds great shape.  I want a million of these.  I did not make a muslin, but should have.  I really messed up the details.  The flaps are all messed up.  My homemade bias tape is messed up.  The application of it is also messed up.  Oh well.  I used the bodice from Simplicity 8130, the straps from New Look 6048, as well as the skirt.  I used my own pockets.  The fabric was a gift from my Mom and Dad.  I also used one of my metal zippers.  They are my precious.  Much like most of my fabric.

I’m still going to wear the dress.  I really like the fabric.  I have always been scared of yellow.  I was told I should never wear yellow because it makes me look sick.  I’m not sure this shade of yellow makes me look sick though.  I think it looks very summery.  I really like it.

I used a size 10, but used a smaller seam allowance in most areas and a much larger seam allowance around the waist and above the chest.

The dress is so comfortable and a perfect fit.

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Last night, I was browsing through Pintrest looking for inspiration.  My husband is sitting next to me and well, conversation below…

Husband – That

Me – What?

Husband – Put a bow on it.

Me – What are you talking about?

Husband – The dress, put a bow on it, just like that one.

So, this morning, that is what I did.  It does cover up my mistake somewhat, and makes it look a little more intentional, and a little more girlie. So, essentially my husband fixed the dress by saying “Put a bow on it.”  I would have never guessed that would come from him.

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New Look 6048 – Strawberry Dress

I ran across the strawberry fabric on clearance at Walmart.  I was super happy since it was $1 a yard.  I bought 5 yards.  I think I used 2 to make this dress.

I used New Look 6048.  I did modify it slightly just like my muslin.  I didn’t fold the contrast piece over, I just sewed it on top.  It would have been too low for me to sew it that way.

The sewing was quick and easy.  I used a size 10 and used a larger seam allowance where I needed and less where I didn’t.  I prefer a smaller seam allowance on my princess seams, otherwise they end up puckering and being weird, even if I cut them after they are stitched.  I also made this dress a lot more fitted than I usually make them.  Most of my previous dresses have about a 2-3 inch ease around the belly.  That is usually enough to make me look bigger, but, they are much cooler to wear.

Anyway, I am in love with the finished dress.  It is one of the few dresses the husband actually likes.

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The fabric… I got it on clearance at my local SAS fabrics store.  It was $1 a yard, so I purchased the entire bolt.  It’s nothing spectacular, but, it’s %100 cotton and a light color, so it’s perfect for my purpose.  The contrast fabric was a scrap piece I had from another dress.

I ended up lining the bodice in actual muslin fabric, but, forgot to pre wash it.  Oops.  I don’t know what I was thinking.  Anyway, the muslin shrank a bit, which explains some of the wrinkles on the bodice.

The fit… I’m not super thrilled with the fit.  I made modifications to the sewing of it and it ended up being a little high around the arms and is a little uncomfortable.  It is still wearable, but if I sit too long, I can feel it under my arms.

The pattern New look 6048… I love the look of it.  I have so many ideas for it, but not the fabric, boo.  It’s too bad, because I have so much fabric.  I’m a a bit of a sucker for a sweetheart neckline. It just adds more visual interest than a straight across neckline. It also came with a pocket pattern, but I used my own.  I can fit my DS, phone, wallet, charger and keys comfortably.  In other words, an entire purse in my dress.  Unfortunately, I did try to make pockets that integrated into the waist seam, but I didn’t like them.

If you look close enough, you might be able to see the DS in my right pocket.  There is a bit of a bulge that makes me look pregnant, but nope, it’s just my Nintendo DS.

I seemed to be making weird faces in all the pictures.  Oh well.  This is the best of the few we took, even though a tree is growing out of my head.

I do have a petticoat on, but you can’t even tell.  The skirt looks pretty flat.

Overall, I love the pattern.  Get ready for a million different dresses from this pattern.

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Legend of Zelda Dress

I love The Legend of Zelda.  I purchased the fabric at Joann’s.  I’m not super happy about it being so green, but, it’s Link.  Anyway, I finished the dress a few months ago.  I used the same pattern I use for everything lately, the Elizabeth dress from Burda.  I was super happy that I already had a matching zipper in my stash.  When I first got it in a bulk zipper bag I thought, when the heck am I going to use this.  Well, I used it sooner than I thought.

I am not wearing a petticoat with it in these pictures.  It looks much better with the petticoat.

We are getting ready for a trip and I need to sew some new dresses.  I’m aiming for one a week. I already have a wearable muslin cut and partly assembled.

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Simplicity 2176 in Polka dots

I cannot tolerate heat and humidity.  When we went to Florida in August of 2012, I couldn’t be outside without my Simplicity 2176 dress.

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I no longer have it.  This is the only picture I have of it, in a grocery store parking lot, after going to the beach.  That one, I modified to have an elasticized back.  I shirred the back.  I hadn’t done a lot of fitting and didn’t want to bother with a muslin.  I needed something to fit fast.  Plus, I was still breastfeeding, so, I really didn’t want to bother.

Anyway, I really loved the look of it, so I decided to revisit it.  This time with a proper fitting.  Now I usually use the lining of the bodice to check my fit, adjust my pattern, then cut out my real fabric.

I, again, had to modify the pattern.  I use the skirt part of this pattern for pretty much every dress, so I wanted to use a different skirt pattern this time.  I used Mccall’s 5804, an old pattern that was way too big, but the skirt wasn’t.  It fit the Simplicity pattern pretty well.  It also saved me from having to draft it from scratch.  I was about to.

I purchased a clearance fabric from Hancocks.  It turned out to be a heavy quilting cotton that fades pretty quickly, oh well.  Anyway, I did add my deep roomy pockets, because a dress is unwearable without pockets, or is it just me?

The dress went together like a dream, even though I did a full bust adjustment, narrowed the above chest area a bit and lengthened the bodice.  It’s such a dream to sew when things line up.  Anyway, It’s cute and airy.  It certainly helps keep me cool.

I will make a few more of these dresses.  They are great for summer.  I’ll likely mix up the skirts a bit more and maybe try one with the other bodice options.

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Simplicity 2176 front
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Simplicity 2176 back

Looking at the back, it seems I left the right side a little lower, oops.  Oh well.

Simplicity 2176 – Stripes gone wild

I saw this inspirational pintrest picture from an etsy store.  (https://www.etsy.com/listing/161887437/24-hour-hold-vintage-1950s-dress-pink)il_570xN.498623420_r8kl

I had to make it.   I actually purchased it intending to copy Closet Case Files After Dinner Mint dress.  Have you seen it?  It’s so pretty, but I chickened out.  Instead I saved it for just the right dress.  Well, this was it.

I started out with the bodice of Simplicity 2176.  I used the width and length of the bodice bands, but not the actual pattern, since the originals were curved and I wanted straight lines at the center front.  I added stay tape also, and gathered slightly at the center front, to hopefully not have gaping.

I had a limited amount of fabric.   I think I purchased 3 yards, maybe 4, probably 4.  I did some measuring, but it was late at night and I did things wrong, oh so wrong.  Long story short, I ended up short on fabric, so I had to use tiny pieces of fabric and join them together.

Picture these joins on too many parts of the dress.  Thankfully, the skirt is so big, and there are so many distracting lines going everywhere, that you don’t notice too much… unless you sew and stare and the slightly crooked lines are like little knives that slowly cut at you.

So.. many.. things.. went wrong though.  The fabric was not printed on grain.  I started tearing and the stripes were off.  I decided to go in the direction of the stripes.  Maybe that’s why this dress is so shifty.  I forgot to add pockets.  Must have pockets, unpicked serged seams and reserged.  Serged and cut the skirt…. eek.  Went back and attempted to fix it.  At this point I was all blah, whatever, you lines here, will not match.  I refuse to let you beat me skirt.  I would have had to unpick the skirt and re gather it.  Anyway, the lines don’t match.  I guess the skirt wins. Ugh.

The bodice somehow ended up a little large.  I would love to make this again, but lower the waist a little more and add some boning, and a waist stay.  It tends to shift around a bit, especially since I left a bit too much ease.  Oh well.  I’m still pretty proud.

If you notice, the hem on the picture below, you can see I used a muslin hem facing.  I wanted to keep the length and in my late night wackiness, I forgot to add a hem allowance.  It worked out though.  It’s not a big deal.

 

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Simplicity 2176 Front, improvised skirt, of course.
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Simplicity 2176 back.
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That’s a whole lotta skirt.  Don’t try to find all the tiny pieces.

 

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With a full petticoat underneath.

 

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Literally, my scraps!!!!

So, I didn’t have enough for the bow.  Sure, I could have used a part of the skirt for the bow, since there is so much of it.  Sometimes, it’s nice to have a gigantic dramatic skirt.