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.