Monday, August 2, 2010

FO: Simplicity 0508

Saturday morning, I found myself at Joann's, hunting through the $1.99 Simplicity patterns. I seriously couldn't pass up such a deal. I left with two patterns, Simplicity 2403 and 2360, fabric for 2403, and the required notions. When I got home, I looked through my existing patterns and fabric, and decided to make Simplicity 0508 first.

Simplicity 0508

It seemed like an easier pattern than 2403, especially for a beginner like myself. Saturday, I cut the required pattern pieces (I made mine the length of view A, but with pockets and sleeves from view F), as well as the fabric, and sewed the sleeve pieces. Sunday, I sewed the rest!

FO: Simplicity 0508

I used a little less than two yards of Alexander Henry's Umekko fabric. I bought this last spring from Cia's Palette. I just love the cherry blossoms. The tiny all-over print was perfect for my beginner skills, especially since I used black thread. It hides my mistakes well!

Details

There are pleats at the shoulders and neck, a tiny detail, which would probably stand out better in a solid fabric, but I love them.

Back

On this project, I used darts for the first time (mine aren't fantastic, but again, sort of hidden by the fabric choice), installed a 22" zipper on the back, made pockets (which are fairly invisible) and learned many valuable sewing lessons. I measured carefully before cutting, which I always seem to slack on.

FO: Simplicity 0508

My only modification was adding some dart-like decreases at the waist, since it was fairly baggy in that area. The pattern is written to have a fair amount of ease, though, so it was to be expected.

Truth be told, I haven't hemmed the dress yet, but I definitely see myself wearing this to work or on weekends.

11 comments:

  1. SUPER cute! Love it on you! And very impressed you've graduated to dresses! I'm still hanging in the wrap skirt phase. I'm skeered to move on to a full dress!

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  2. Wow, it looks so good on you! And now I know what you look like! (I don't think I've seen you in a picture before? I may be wrong...)

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  3. Ok, that's a lie. I went back through your blog and I've seen you several times, but you still look beautiful in the dress!

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  4. Wow, it's a beautiful dress and looks great on you! Love the fabric choice and I'm in awe of your sewing skills!

    P.S. - That wall color is amazing.

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  5. Looks great- fabric and pattern choice are great! And I am impressed with the zipper for sure!!

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  6. That's so cute! I love the fabric, and I'm glad I'm not the only one who noticed that the wall color is really nice, too :)

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  7. very cute! i hadn't seen that dress pattern before. i love that it has pockets.

    pattern sales are the best, but i remember the good ol' days when they had 99 cent sales.

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  8. Oh so pretty! The fabric is great and the dress looks fab on you. I can definitely see this as something you will get a lot of wear out of.

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  9. WOW! That is so pretty. It looks great on you and I also love the pleats at the neck. Lovely job!

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  10. Wow--it looks great on you! I've been thinking more and more of sewing lately so this post was truly inspiring to me!

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  11. That is so cute! You really make me want to learn how to sew!!

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