Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Simplicity 2443


I said I had been sewing and I have. I just haven’t been blogging about it.

This dress is one that sat on the cutting board longer than a minute. I sewed it up to go to the rally last month. I saw another Earth in Hancocks. And we got to Building. She wanted to see something made by me in the time between seeing here and the rally. I don’t know why folks act like sewing is some supernatural skill. It isn’t. I sewed up the already easy cut up dress to show and prove to the not-newborn-not-seasoned Earth that it was possible to sew up a dress in a few hours. There is no rocket science to this.

That being said, where as I like the dress, I see this dress as a wearable muslin. Here goes…

Pattern: Simplicity 2443

Description: Dress

Size: I cut a 20

Did it look like the pattern envelope when you were done sewing it? More than you realize. I got a GREAT deal on a bolt of cotton knit fabric that was the exact color of the envelope

Fabric: Cotton jersey…. B.U.T. this is the iffy part. I suppose I should have known I was being scammed. The store was going out of business and selling off everything including the fixtures. They were selling bolts of fabric for $3! It looks and feels like knit. But I didn’t have to use a knit needle to sew it and I can’t iron it with anything higher than a 3 setting. I even had to put a zipper in it in order to get it on because thee is NO stretch. Yet it feels like knit, though it wrinkles like cotton. The store said cotton, but I DO NOT believe it.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked the fitted bodice with loose skirt.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made? I didn’t make any changes for this dress but in the future I will let out the bodice front about an inch. It’s is squeezing Cocoa and Puff in such a way that I am forced to wear a minimizer. And maybe lengthen the bottom a scoche.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will and do.

I had a car accident and cracked one of my ribs. I now have to wear a back brace 6 hours per day. So I have it on in the picture. I’m not naturally this lumpy.


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

I've Been Sewing...

A little bit. Not much and I don’t feel the need to apologize for that.

Sewing is a functional hobby that allows me to enjoy a hobby, while getting something useful from it. When you look at the bloggers sites, it seems all they do as soon as they get home and entirely on weekends is sew. That may be cool is sewing is your side gig or if you’re a Walton living on a homestead with 20 members of your immediate and extended family, but I am a normal Earth with no children. I don’t need to sew that much. My closet is full.

Right now, I probably sew maybe 1, 2 max garments a month. I’m good. Now there are a couple of garments that I have made since last I blogged. And it is my determined idea to get them up… eventually and reviewed over at

So yet hold on. I got something to show you!