Then & Now w/ Simplicity 1849

Simplicity 1849 is one of my all time TNT patterns.  It just works so well with my suits and pairs perfectly with orphans.  I have made half a dozen tops from the pattern .. so addictive... Review Here

 This time I went against the suggested fabric and used a sheer poly in seafoam.  Since the pattern calls for knit fabrics, I increased the size to work with the woven fabric.  Plain and simple I added 1" at the side seams and lengthen 1".  The overlay pieces were lengthen as well and cut on a diagonal.

All the seams were serged, as well as armholes and folded to the inside and final stitched.  For the neckline, I stay stitched and folded in twice and final stitched.  This garment for the most part was easy to construct, but ended up with some fiddly stitching and had to pull out my trusty seam ripper.  I believe I held my breath nearly the entire time that I was unpicking the stitches...lol  For the hemline, I used steam-a-seam, flipped to the inside and final stitched.

The top is paired with Simplicity 2700 which I made back in 2010

and Butterick 5235 See & Sew, which was also made in 2010

I've been telling myself for the last few years that I need another B5235 & S2700 and finally think its high time that I get started before the summer ends.

Until then...
 Have a Great Week



During the lazy days of summer, suits are almost non-existent in my workplace.  However, I love wearing them and look to separates to give me the feel of a suit, still crisp & structured, but oh so casual.

In the last few years, I feel that I have nailed down the method for wearing separates to create a pseudo-suit and  feel casually chic in the office.  The important factor is contrast where the jacket and pants are totally different and then the fun starts, playing with colors & patterns.

Blue& White Dobby Stripe Blazer, Pink Linen Canvas Pants  & Navy Tank top from Walmart

To totally complete the oh so casual look, Steve Madden jelly flats & a clutch.

Until then

Have a Great Week.


Butterick 6007

Butterick 6007 Misses dress & Belt - Dress A: close-fitting bodice, front button band, seamed waist with applied casing/drawstring, side front pockets & short sleeves and fold back cuffs.  Dress B: front button band, collar, collarband & self belt

After coming across an Article on How to Wear a Shirt Dress, it was high time that I added one to my wardrobe.

Let me tell you... this dress should be a summer staple if one is looking for structure with a lil preppy.  How can one go wrong with a comfortable and flattering garment.

 Especially being that it can be worn long, loose or belted, as well as under a jacket or cardigan.

The cardigan was a mini-refashion using some of The Renegade Seamstress techniques.

Sewing Specs:

Fabric:  Printed Stretch Cotton from Virgo Fabrics.

Pattern Sizing: 8 - 16, I cut a 14.

Did it look like the envelope photo:  Yes, I also made the self belt, but opted for a rtw belt.

Were the instructions easy to follow:  The instructions were clear. However, for the collar and collarband application I used Palmer/Pletsch technique.

What I liked particularly about the pattern:  Wanted to add a different style of dress to my wardrobe and this shirt dress fit the bill.

Pattern alterations or design changes:  I added front and back waist darts and omitted the sleeves. Also ended up removing 5/8" from the side seams starting at the waist down to hem line for a slimmer fit.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will definitely sew another and totally recommend this dress.

Conclusion: I can see this shirt dress adding a tremendous value to my wardrobe.


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