The pattern is Simplicity 1776. I made the sleeveless round neckline version. The bust and hips are a size 10, the waist is a size 8, and I chopped 6 inches off the bottom.
I used a shimmery black rayon/linen blend from Jo-Ann Fabrics. I know linen is a summery fabric, but I feel like this dress is totally appropriate for fall and winter. I apologize for the wrinkles; the hot iron melts the shimmer finish, so I am trying to avoid ironing this dress as much as possible and I took these photos after wearing this dress all night at my bridal shower.
Total Cost: $7.15
- Fabric: $5.40
- Zipper: $1.75
I originally sewed this dress in August 2012. I made a size 8, which was too small, and the zipper was a mess. So I went back and took it out at the side and shoulder seams. Let me tell you, fixing a dress is way harder than making one from scratch. Thank God I didn't trim my side seams.
I faced the neckline and used single fold bias tape to finish the armholes instead of doing a full lining as called for in the pattern. Don't judge me for this mediocre display of sewing. This was one of the first times I'd used my serger, I made this over two years ago, and I whipped this dress up in like two hours.
I like the silhouette of this dress. I think it's really easy for shifts to look boxy, and I don't think this one does. Probably because I took it in at the waist. And I like the length; it's just short enough that it doesn't look frumpy, but it's not too short.
The neckline has a tendency to gape a little bit, but I don't know why. I don't think that facing the neckline instead of doing a full lining would cause that to happen, but maybe that has something to do with it.
I took out the old invisible zipper - which was an ugly ecru color - and I replaced it with a hot pink zipper because I knew I would be wearing this dress with my hot pink heels or my black heels, which have a hot pink sole. And I like contrasting zippers anyway.
Here is a picture of me and my maid of honor, Simone at the shower. (She took my engagement photos and is wicked talented and you should look at her website: www.simoneschiess.com.) She's wearing the bridesmaids dress, which is from ModCloth.
And here are some action shots from the shower:
|That's me and my mom!|
And, of course, Sox:
I've started packing for my move to Fresno and it has made me realize how much sewing stuff I have. I think I bought every single thing in the Jo-Ann notions aisle. Really though.