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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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.

 

 

 

 

 

Simplicity 1157 – Maxi

I don’t have any cotton maxi dresses, so I decided to make one.  Well, it was a cotton/linen blend from Joann’s, if I remember right.

I started with Simplicity 1157.  I made the back as drafted, but it kept exposing my bra, unless I only left it open like 4 inches, which looked silly.

I grabbed the back from Simplicity 2444 and forgot to check to see if everything matched up before cutting into my fabric.  Thankfully it did.

I kept the same skirt, but spread it a few inches at the hem and pleated instead of gathering.

I added 3/4 in length to the bodice and one inch FBA.  I also scooped out the back so I wouldn’t be drowning in fabric.  I think I still am drowning in fabric.  I left the bodice a little looser than normal and it makes me look a little bigger than I am.

I also feel like I stepped out of some Jane Austen novel.  I know it’s not the same, but it’s just a whole lotta skirt.  I completely lined it because the fabric was so sheer.  I’m torn, I might leave the length, but I might just chop it to the knee.

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I am not really pleased with it.  boo.

I saw so many really pretty versions of Simplicity 2444 sewn by wonderful blogger ladies that I went out and bought it.  I started with a size 12.  Compared it to my sloper, and narrowed the shoulders, eliminated the gape at the neck, lengthened the bodice by 1 1/2 inches, added a full bust adjustment, slight square shoulder and did a swayback adjustment of 1 1/2 inches.  By the looks of it, I should have removed more.   After looking at these pictures, I’m not sure I needed a narrow shoulder adjustment.

I’m not sure I’d make it again.  The darts in the front add too much bulk.  I ended up lining the bodice and didn’t think about cutting out the excess in the darts until now.  It doesn’t wow me.  The darts in the front add a little visual interest, but meh.   I don’t like to feel defeated by a pattern so there is a small chance I’ll make it again, but I don’t want to waste fabric, so I’ll just try to move on.

Since I made it I decided to undo the sewn down pleats.  I’d rather have them open.

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Simplicity 2451 Fail

I attempted another version of Simplicity 2451, but I totally failed with the fabric.  The fabric was a stiff cotton before washing.  After washing it was a wrinkled mess.  Any wrinkles did not seem to want to be pressed out.  Just moving in the skirt made it wrinkle.  It wrinkles worst than any linen I have ever seen!

Anyway, here is the evidence.

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To top it all off, it’s not even very flattering. Boo.  I might still wear it. bwahahaha.  Why right?

I am also still seeing some weirdness like extra pooling in the swayback area.  I’ll get it right soon.

Anyway, I tried a kick pleat instead of a vent.  I always feel self conscious in skirts with vents.

Skirt – Simplicity 2451

A cute skirt with pleats.  I made the size 14

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Slightly pigeon toed, ugh, not on purpose.

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It felt a little big.  So I decided to make it a little smaller.  The size fell between a 12 and 14 and it was almost perfect, except in the back.  I have a little pooling above the butt.  It has been corrected for the next version.

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I really like the skirt.  I think I will make more.