So you know how between sewing new things I fix old things? Well here is a recent fix – Simplicity 2403.
Before I embarked on this dress I attended a fitting class at Tessuti where the nice lady made adjustments to my toile – leaving me to recut the pattern with alterations. I had really thought the teacher had made the adjustments too tight, but I went with it. The fabric is a stretch woven cotton, something I’d never used before. To be honest I’m in two minds about this fabric. Its just a bit stiff I guess. I’ve washed it and washed it – this is how the fabric is going to stay! And honestly, despite being a keen fit (as Anita would say), its very comfortable.
The dress fit like a dream from day 1, but I was keen to embellish it. Someone should have taken it away from me at this point! Hand me down lace from hubby’s Grandmar beckoned and I’m a sucker for a bit of lace.
The other issue with this dress was that at centre back I’d pleated the upper bodice where it attaches to the yoke and gathered it into the skirt – what the?! It always annoyed me they weren’t the same. Just looking over the pattern details I see the bottom of the bodice was meant to fit into the skirt without any gathers or pleat – well somethings not right there!
I had put off unpicking that dastardly button placket and collar for, umm, 3 years. Time to make happy with the quickunpick.
Ta da! This was so worth the effort. I really prefer the spotty dress without the lace. With it, I just felt like I was wearing fancy dress.
The stretch woven is an absolute dream for the cyclic chesticles. Some of my clothes don’t go near me for half the month; at least with this open button placket they have an escape route!
Those pleats in the front skirt bugged me from day 1, next time I’ll eradicate them. If my belly is protruding enough to necessitate the extra room they provide, then maybe it should be a baggy shirt day!
Something I’ve noticed with a few UFOs I’ve tackled of late. When a skill was just out of reach, everything seemed insurmountable and the garment didn’t get finished. I can only assume my skills have vastly improved. Now I pick up something I’d jettisoned in frustration a few years ago, and wonder what all the fuss was about? Unpick a button placket – easy. Resew a collar – no problem.
BTW – see what I did with the sleeve here? I cut it down the centre to open it up and give more space to the deltoids – not a pretty solution, but very workable and did I mention its comfortable?
Next time I make this though – lining is a must. The damn skirt just wants to creep up my stockings as I walk which makes it a summer dress, debuting in winter.