12/20/11

Sew Simple Simplicity 1994 Take II

Another take on Sew Simple Simplicity 1994, I really like this simple dress.  I normally prepare my clothes the night before, but once a week I get lazy and when I pop up at 5:00am, the last thing I need is to fumble  around for separates.  This dress is perfect for those days.  

The fabric appears to be some type of moleskin or a low pile velvet in olive that I purchased at Walmart for $1.50/yd.  The fabric washed & dried nicely and was a joy to sew, but had to do some tweaking to the dress. 



Once the dress was completed and tried on, there was too much fabric gathering when I wrapped the ties around my waist.  So I removed 1/4" from the side seams and had to redo the buttonhole, although the pattern instructions direct to leave an opening in the side seam. I prefer to do a buttonhole about 1/8" from the side seam rather than mess with the seam.  All of the seams were serged, machine stitched the dress hem and hand sewed the sleeve hems.




Another try-on and needed to remove a smidgen more and decided to remove it from the center back seam.  Then I had an issue with the sleeves not easing in nicely and had to reduce the sleeve cap.  After another try-on with the sleeves basted-in...  the fit was much better.

The pattern has facings for the back and front, but like the first one, opted out of them and made ties by cutting them diagonally, and again went with lengthening the sleeves.

Conclusion, the dress wore very well today and an opportunity to wear another pair of boots that had not seen daylight for some time... Suede brown boots from the loft.



26 comments:

Adelaide B said...

This looks great! Much better than I would have guessed from the pattern envelope.

Irene said...

You look wonderful! Yes, dresses are wonderful for days when you cannot figure out what goes with what!

GodsgirlT said...

Very nice Sheila! You've reminded me, I have some moleskin that I have yet to sew up. $1.50 a yard from JoAnn clearance. You've inspired me to do something with it! Love this dress!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Another great dress! You wear this style so well that I understand why you return to this silhouette again and again!

Candice said...

This dress is very lovely Sheila!

Aminat said...

Absolutely gorgeous, all the extra time you spent taken off excess really paid off. I love your boots as well

velosewer said...

That's a great look on you. Well done in getting the dress to fit you to a "T".

Faye Lewis said...

That dress looks fab on you. I like the color combination that you have going on too.

Sewtellme said...

One of the reasons I love dresses is how easy they are. You have great jewelry too which helps dress up this simple dress.

knitmachinequeen (KMQ) said...

You wear wrapped dresses so well. This one is no different. TFS

Carol said...

I like this very much. The colour is great on you and it will see a lot of wear, I'm sure. I love a go-to dress for those days.

Sheila said...

Thank you for the lovely compliments. Seriously, I could use a few more of them...lol I really would like to do one in faux leather.

Debbie Cook said...

Pretty dress and color! I've been thinking I need more dresses too, for exactly the same reason (easy to put together in the morning).

Serenity Love Sincere Peace Earth said...

Get it Girl!!!!

alethia said...

Chic, elegant, classic with a comtemporary touch. My kind of style. I love the Sew Simple by Simplicity and at 0.97 cents at Walmart you can't go wrong. Happy Holidays!

Mary said...

Perfect on you :-) I am so wanting to sew a dress now.

Minnie said...

Beautiful, easy to wear dress and it matches those boots perfectly.

Cennetta said...

The second time around is a great thing. Both dresses turned out very well. And you certainly know how to wear them with confidence. Looking good my sista'.
C

MAD14kt said...

Work it Sheila Baby!!!

Clio said...

Oh! You're version is much cuter than the pattern envelope! Sheila, you are the unrivaled queen of the wrap dress! It's a fantastic look on you. Happy Holidays!

Handmade said...

Looks smart and comfy, great colour for accessories. Have a Merry Christmas Sheila!

NuJoi said...

Love it!

Teena in Toronto said...

Looks great! Everything always comes back in style.

Happy holidays :)

Knitaholictoo said...

Wow...way to stick to it! Looks great! Love the boots!

Martha said...

You're so talented! Love that you're a modern woman, yet loves needlework! I want to make this dress for my granddaughter, she looks to be about the same size as you. May I ask what size pattern you started out with? I've read how you trimmed off some from the sides and back. I won't have my gd here to try on the dress, but hoping for a pretty good fit anyway. And that's the reason for the wrap style, so there's some adjustment possible! Hope you can help! Thanks!

Sheila said...

Thanks for the lovely compliment.

Hi Martha, I believe I cut a 16, I normally cut the pattern according to my full bust... (40D).

Unfortunately, what appears to happen when I go with my full bust is too much fabric along the lower torso and skirt part.

When I tried on the dress and wrapped the ties around my waist there was an abundance of fabric gathering. A clear indication that it was too big. I remove the excess from the side seams at 1/4". However, there was still a tad bit fabric and removed another 1/4" from the center back seam, which helped alot.

This dress is easy to make and would recommend you cut the size according to your gd's high bust instead of her full bust. I am slowly learning that I should go with my high bust.

I hope this was helpful, if you have further questions, feel free to ask.

Enjoy.