I've been sewing like a mad woman this week. Desperate to finish a few last orders before we head off on holidays and desperate also, to finish a new frock for me. Just a little summer frock for hot, humid days, nothing fancy or terribly spesh.
I first mentioned this dress a couple of days ago, but there's a little history to this dress. You see, I paid FULL price for this Simplicity pattern!! Something which I very, very, very rarely do, or in fact, never do!
I have a system for buying patterns. When I see one that like, I list them on my pooter, rated it into one of two categories, 'kinda like' and 'really, really want to make'. When patterns go on sale, I pull out the list to determine what to buy. This pattern was in the 'really, really, want to make' list and even though we've enjoyed a number of pattern sales at both Lincraft and Spotlight recently, I still overlooked buying this pattern.
Then I read on Stitchy Witch's blog that Simplicity 2591 had been discontinued, so thought I'd better get a move on and buy it. I started phoning around (as you do when you have three kiddies to drag the shops), and found out that when pattern is discontinued it is cut up and sent back to the manufacturer for a credit!! Gah - I thought I'd missed out! But then I found an illegal copy at a local Lincraft store, quickly packed the kids in the car and purchased it at FULL price! For those not in Australia, that's about $17!!! Now, I'd pay that type of money for a premium pattern or boutique pattern, but never for a pattern by any other the majors. So with pattern in hand, the dress needed to become a priority and this is it.
I can't believe how bad this dress looks on the pattern envelop. I think the side panels and the pockets are the best design feature and you can't see them on them at all!
Simplicity 2591 over and New Look 6805 (or any other square neck, princess seam dress) to copy the square line. I then traced the back bodice pieces and modified them to accommodate a centre back zipper and where I wanted to position the straps. The only problem with these changes, which is probably a result of my 'not so technical' pattern alteration skills, is there is slight gape on the front neck, just a little, but I probably notice it more as I'm the one looking down. The straps also sit better, at the back, when I stand with nice straight posture, rather than hunched. No better excuse to stand properly right?
Then I contemplated lining the dress to hold these pattern changes. But being a frock that I wanted to keep light and cool, I opted to draw some facings instead.
Now I only had a 2 meter piece of fabric to make this dress (it's a cheap cotton poplin from Spotlight that my Nana insisted on buying me when I took her there last week), not quite enough to cut each pattern piece, so I faced and made pocket linings with light grey voile. I then top-stitched everything in white, just because I could and I wanted too.
I really like this dress - it's bold, but cool. I can still play with the kiddies in it and it is quite comfortable.
This is a little too short...
Pattern reviewed here.