Sunday, December 14, 2014

Simplicity 1776

Since I made a dress for my engagement party, I figured I should also make a dress for my bridal shower, which was in October.

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.

Bust: 35"
Waist: 31"
Hips: 38"
Length: 30"

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:  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.

1 comment:

  1. Such a lovely dress. I love that you used the pink zipper to match your shoes!