Showing my Stripes w/ Simplicity 1358

Simplicity 1358: Dresses - a scoop neck maxi, high low or short length, also can be made w/ a v neck with center front seam & maxi with or without front slit, and short lengths.

It seams (pun intended) that I have subconsciously taken a linear stance with stripes.  Of late, I have made several striped garments and continued with a second version of S1358, using a multi-colored striped tissue weight cotton knit.  Although the construction was super easy, the serging was slow going to avoid distorting the fabric.

This version was modified a lil, unlike my first one that has a hi front/lo back.  I made two changes and that was narrow the shoulders and mirror the back hemline like the front, which yield a handkerchief effect at the side seams.  To ensure I achieved a nice point at each seam, I used my go to stitch witchery to anchor the folds and then final stitched.

Fully lined with black tricot and to keep the lining from rolling to the outside final stitched.  The lining at the armholes were anchored to the fashion fabric by hand.

Love how the bold stripes screams breezy comfy chic.

The exaggerated side seam was just enough to add a lil ummph to this simple silhouette.

End result, a super comfy dress perfect for hanging out with my guy on a hot and humid weekend.

Until then,
Have a Great Week !


Bonnie said…
Dress is very nice on you. Great use of stripes on a simple pattern,it makes it stand out. Thanks for blogging your sewing with this pattern.

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Linda said…
Loving your new dresses! I still want to make the Burda dress you recently made.
Sheila said…
Thank you Bonnie.
Sheila said…
Thank you Linda.
HobbyLover said…
Another great summer dress. I am so impressed with your sewing skills. You are truly an inspiration. I haven't seen one thing that you've made that didn't look good on you. I had noticed a website that you mentioned somewhere that was about classic fashion building a wardrobe, I thought it was YSL?. If you know what it was please tell me I haven't been able to find it since i first read it on one of your older posts. I am in the process of restarting up sewing. I'm still more of a beginner ( don't know how to do fitting etc...) But I'm going to start trying to learn. The fact that you have all these wardrobe pieces is exciting to me. You are my end goal. Now i need to figure out how to start learning. One piece at a time. Any recommendations would be appreciated. So glad I found your blog. Same goes for your knitting/crocheting stuff.
Faye Lewis said…
Very pretty. You are on a summer sewing roll!
edube said…
Sheila said…
Thank you Ladies.
@ Faye, yes I am definitely on a roll and mainly due to the fact that I am on a rtw fast. So that has my sewing mojo in overdrive.

@ HobbyLover, Thank you so much and glad that I have inspired you. It is so humbling to know that I am able to inspire you and others. Also glad to know you are looking forward to restarting up sewing and in the same breath, honestly admit my sewing skills are akin to homegrown skills. However, I do refer to my reference materials to aid me in my sewing journey. With that said, I take some of the techniques from the reference materials that work best for me, and the other part is just sewing from homegrown skills that have become tried and true.

I have acquired a nice collection of sewing reference materials from dvds to books: Nancy Zieman, Palmer Pletsch, Silhouette Patterns, Sandra Betzina, Kenneth King, Threads, Vogue Sewing books, Readers Digest Guide to sewing, Singer Sewing. Let me not forget the sewing bloggers that take the time to do videos, showing their garment construction techniques, and others like Professor Pincushion, Fashion Sewing Blog TV. These are great reference materials to get you started. If at all possible, checkout your local thrift store. I was able to score several sewing reference books for pennies.

As for fitting, and if at all possible, check your existing rtw garments and pullout different pieces (skirt, dress, pant, top) that you think offers the best fit and compare them to your pattern pieces. It’s all about trying till you get it right. Time and time again, I pull out existing garments that fit great and use as a basis to help me determine pattern sizing and so forth. One technique I found that really works for me from Palmer Pletsch is tissue fitting. It gives me a rough idea of fit and baste my garments together to check fit and if necessary will make small adjustments during sewing.

As for building a wardrobe... First and foremost, the question is what is your lifestyle/work environment, is it relaxed, casual, business smart casual, corporate, do you attend functions, what colors and/or prints do you like. Go through your closet and determine what pieces you like and fit well and base what you want to sew from those pieces. My favorite rtw garments are my blazers and for the most part sew garments that will work with them. Therefore, I try to stick with simple garments that will work with my blazers, such as tank tops, simple silhouette dresses, pencil skirts.

Wardrobe Basics:

Wardrobe from Scratch:

Essentials for building a wardrobe:

Once your wardrobe basics are in place, and able to mix & match them, then it’s easy to move on to adding pieces to give your basic pieces a new look. I am a notorious simple sewista, I prefer simple garments, they’re easier to sew & fit and work well with existing items in my lifestyle wardrobe. Knowing that my wardrobe is well rounded, allows me to sew a few off-the-cuff pieces just to have a few trendy pieces in the mix.

I hope this answers questions, and of course, feel free to ask any additional questions you may have.
HobbyLover said…
Thank you so much for taking the time to give such a useful response. I'm excited to start going thru all of it.
I love this dress - the asymmetric hem looks great on you, and the stripes are cool!
Sheila said…
No problem HobbyLover. Looking forward to your creations.
Sheila said…
Thank you Sister.