Saturday, July 5, 2008

Simplicity 3744 Redux

You may recall that I made S3744 last year. Well, I've made it again:


I wasn't really planning on making it again, but this was one of those instances where the fabric had its own ideas. I had originally planned to use this fabric to make the Threads Shirtdress, but it told me it wanted to be something a little bit more mod, so here you go. You really can't argue when the fabric speaks. I love this fabric, by the way. It makes me think of sliced kiwi. It came from Hancock Fabrics and it's a quilting cotton type fabric. The black is Kona cotton.

I made a straight size sixteen with the D-cup front pieces. I moved the bust dart up 1/4 inch, but I didn't make any other changes until the dress was mostly put together and then I took an extra 1/8 inch out of each side seam at the waist and an extra 1/4 inch out of the side back seams at the waist. I probably could have even gone down to a 14, but I wanted this to be loose, cool, and comfortable. I decided not to line this dress. I lined the first one and when I lost weight it seemed like too much trouble to take the lining apart to alter it. Not this time. If my weight fluctuates, I will be able to make adjustments easily. I did, however, serge everything inside except the armhole seams which I zig-zagged. (The armholes are too small to try and maneuver them through the serger.)

I still haven't had a chance to get more buttons for S2996, so it still is not finished. But remember way back when I started Summertime Pink and I said I actually started two smocking projects? It's time to get back to work on project #2. The Princess says I haven't been sewing for her enough lately so I thought I'd get to work on a new dress for her. Stay tuned for a new smocked dress coming soon!

11 comments:

Piper said...

Cute dress! I love it when a fabric speaks. Sometimes they know better than we do what they would love to be. Can't wait to see your new smocked dress for the Princess! Piper

Adrienne said...

What a very cute dress!!!

marybee said...

perfect pattern for that fabric! it looks fantastic!

Shannon said...

Thanks, y'all! I think this dress is going to be a lot of fun to wear.

Shannon F

MyAwesomeOliveShoots said...

Wow, you are incredible. I wish you lived closer by to give me a few million pointers. We got an invitation to a Military Ball and I was thinking about making my skirt. Thank goodness I have five months to try and figure it out. Nice job, you are very talented!

Blakely said...

I love this dress. It looks great!

tgillock said...

I wish I was as good as you!!! I have been reading your blog for ahile now and just have to say your awesome.

Shannon said...

Oh my gosh- I am seriously blushing right now. Y'all don't give me a big head, now. My family still has to live with me!

Shannon F

Kelley said...

Love the dress, and your sassy new haircut! You look like a million in it! You are sure crankin' the garments out lately and making me feel like a real slacker!

Cotton Picker said...

Great dress.

I'm so glad I found your blog. You've made a lot of very nice clothes.

kbenco said...

I love this dress, you have made the best use of a fabulous piece of fabric.