I apologize in advance for the lengthiness of this post, but I promise it is worth reading!
I'm stranded home due to flooding so I have time to share my dress I just finished. I needed to sew something easy and that I know would come out wearable (I've had many sewing failures lately and I've become a bit needle-shy).
I want your opinion...should I add the button-on belt (View 1)? In what color? Hot pink? White? My next version will be in khaki linen with a belt in tromp l'oeil rattan print.
The best part is that mine is a petite size, so no adjustments were needed! It is my absolute new favorite pattern. I see many Nancy Drew/sixties dresses in my future.
Pattern: Simplicity 8788, 1970
Fabric: Cotton flannel from Fabricville in Quebec
Notes: The head hole was big enough so that I didn't need a zipper (hooray!), but the neck facing was too short (boo!) I am SO proud of myself that only one set of stripes didn't match up and it is under my armpit anyways.
What I Learned: Flannel, in theory is great for a little spring dress because it is warmish but by the time it gets warm enough so that your legs don't freeze it is too hot for the dress. I really need a pair of white flats. Double-fold hemming with flannel is a bad idea. Major bulkiness issues.
Apparently, I also never posted about this skirt I made for my costume class. I made View B. Sadly, this pattern is now out of print and I have lost my copy!
I really wanted to make the cropped pants version since I've already worn the skirt a bunch.
Pattern: Simplicity 2656, 2009
Fabric: Cotton-poly bedsheet, buttons are Belle Buttons by Dritz
Notes: Fits perfect, but doesn't sit on natural waist like a vintage pattern would. It is just below though, not on the hips so I'm not complaining. The yoke was tough to fit the skirt front into and when I clipped the corners (a step they failed to include in the instructions) I went a little too far. No worries, I fixed it with a little interfacing.
What I Learned: Mark in your instructions where you will put in piping. I had already done the buttonholes (there are pockets underneath!) and so by the time I remembered it was a huge pain to work around them.