Although it may not be obvious from what I usually post about, I actually do sew quite a few modern garments for myself.
And the time has certainly come for summer dresses! (Well…mostly. It’s still a tiny bit rainy still her in the Pacific Northwest.)
Most of the dresses currently hanging in my closet are me-made and, considering the size my fabric stash has grown to, I hope to complete several more by the time summer and sunshine are through.
As I was sewing this one the other night, I thought back to when I worked with this pattern last summer and wished I had written down my notes. A year later it was like I was starting all over again and the only thing I had to go off of was the pattern pieces I’d already cut out. (I couldn’t even find the instructions.)
So this series is born out of a desire to share some of what I wear everyday and to keep a record for myself.
The bodice is Simplicity 1418 and the skirt is just a large rectangle gathered and sewn on. I made the proper version of this pattern last year out of purple linen and it’s been a staple in my closet since. This time I wanted something less streamlined, and more floofy, so I gathered as much fabric as I could into the skirt.
And I’m so pleased with the result!
It’s sparkly and billows when I twirl – what more could I ask for??
Material: 3 yards printed cotton
Pattern: Simplicity 1418 for bodice (size 18), none for skirt
Time to complete: 10 hours, give or take
Notions: side zipper
Likes: volume of skirt, fit of armscye, length of skirt, height of neckline
Dislikes: waist can be taken in and lengthened 1-2 inches, neckline gapes slightly
So here’s to the start of summer! May everyone wear great outfits and have great fun! What are your sewing and/or travel plans?