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.