Tuesday, April 17, 2012

It's Dress Season

 I am finally feeling inspired to sew... sew I'm sewing dresses.  The first one is Simplicity 1801.

This is a really soft cotton fabric I purchased at Fabric Mart a few months back (I don't even think it made it to the excel fabric inventory spreadsheet).  It was really easy to make.  I did raise the "V" neckline 3"... I was proud of myself that I remembered to do this BEFORE I cut and sewed it.  It has a side zip and is really comfortable.  I'm thinking of making it again and using a different fabric for the waist band.

Then there is Simplicity  1803

I love this pattern and the peephole neckline.  This fabric was also from Fabric Mart - Free Spirit cotton.   I love that it's such a feminine dress with this deer print.  I can't wait to wear this one!  The tricky part about this dress is I really had to pay attention to the fit in the bodice.  No gaping was allowed because my bra would have shown and the "peep" area would have been saggy.  So, I had to take it in in the center front and I raised the bottom portion of the bodice just a tad.  All the fitting was done while sewing it together before the sleeves were inserted.

And finally, Butterick 5750.
This fabric was also from Fabric Mart and is a lightweight voile, also a Free Spirit.  The lining is a really sheer linen.  I noticed on the back view photo that I need to sew the zipper a little closer to the teeth - too much zip  shows.  With the print, you really can't see all the rouching involved, it sort of blends in.  The skirt is really full on this too.  It will be a nice cool summer dress.


  1. All the dresses are very pretty! I bought the Cynthia Rowley one and now I may look at the Butterick too!

  2. I got the Simplicity 1801 pattern recently, also with the plan to raise the neckline by a few inches. How did your alteration affect the fit of the bodice? Was there anything in your alteration process that you'd recommend that I keep in mind while working with it? Your dress turned out lovely! Thank you!