Monday, February 8, 2010

Simplicity 3835, second try

full length shot, including my not-photo-ready toes

and, a bit closer, so your eyes can really cross at the riot of different colors and patterns in this picture.

I'm sorry about that photo background. Squint your eyes and envision me superimposed on a pristine, softly lit white wall next to a distressed-but-charming yellow demilune table, atop which is a delicate bird's nest, including two blue spotted eggs. Isn't that stunning?

front

back

Yay! It worked. Eventually. With adjustments. But I can actually wear this out and about and feel great in it. I made myself a dress, people! (Andy Williams singing "The Impossible Dream" in background). The fabric is from Amy Butler's Lotus collection, which I adored. Perfect for spring.

After much internal debate, I chose to cut out the size 14 and take it in rather than try to adjust the fit of the size 12. And it was too big. Quite a bit too big, actually. In hindsight what I should have done was kept the size 12, widened the shoulders a tad and shortened the waist (which would have fixed the snugness in the hips). Why doesn't hindsight show up early for once? Stupid hindsight.

So it took a bit of adjusting. I took it in on the sides quite a bit, and it was still kind of billowy looking across the front. After some more pondering I improvised a 2 inch wide self-belt across the front that is sewn into the side seams. I like how it gives some definition to my waist and takes in some of the extra fabric.

Since it was a size up, I went ahead and sewed the sleeves with the full seam allowance and they are not too snug. It is just the right amount of tightness.

I got real ambitious this time and decided to add a lining, just in the main body and not the sleeves. Which was actually not difficult at all! And it feels so great on. Very worth the trouble.

You can see the unfortunate pattern clash on the back center seam of the dress, where it is almost-matched-but-not-quite so it looks like a mistake. Sigh. I only had 2 yards of fabric so I was really houdini-ing it to make the dress, and there was no way I could have attempted to pattern match. This particular arrangement was just the dumb luck of the draw when I cut it out. I'm going to try not to let it bother me.

And here again is the duvet cover trial run, now transformed into a tunic with pockets:


I left the sleeves alone because in the end I was too lazy to cuff them, but I think it works since I used a little of that fabric for the top of the pockets. I made my own larger pockets because I thought the ones in the pattern were kind of shrimpy. And I like flaps like hers. With buttons.


It is still kind of snug around the hips, especially since now I need to wear pants with it, but I'll deal with that. I am actually now noticing in the top picture that one paisley bloom thingy right there in the front is so much lighter than the rest. Hmmm. Weird. I really like this blue, and I still have a bunch of this fabric left over, so I might even attempt this one again.

I will definitely be making more of this pattern, in all the variations. It is pretty simple to sew, and now that I have most of the kinks worked out, I can count on them coming out at the least wearable, and maybe fabulous.

53 comments:

  1. I love both! The belt was key. Love it. And I was doubting the frock look, but I love that too. I'm glad you didn't cuff the sleeves, because I really love the length of them. Congrats on your success! I know how good that feels after a long battle.

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  2. It looks great...it almost makes me feel brave about sewing for myself. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  3. They're beautiful - you're beautiful. I LOVE the riot of colours in the background.

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  4. this is really adorable in the amy butler fabric. love it!!

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  5. You look amazing! That dress is GORGEOUS. And FYI...can't even notice your "not photo ready toes." The dress and YOU are the star of the show.

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  6. Yes I love them both! I love the pattern! I may just have to get it to make myself some tunics to go over jeans! You have inspired me! great job!

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  7. Your dress turned out so great! Love the fabric choice. Also love the tunic. Looks so cute. Makes me want to buy this pattern and try it out myself! Great job!

    I can totally envision your photo set-up, yes quite stunning ;). Love it.

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  8. they are both so cute! i do love that paisley fabric and the pockets look so great on the tunic :)

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  9. nicely done! Always stop by your log for inspiration! Thanks again!

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  10. Way to go!!! One of these days I'll be brave like that!

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  11. Pure awesomness Larissa! I love both and the fabric choices are perfect! You look fabulous in them and it must be so rewarding to know that YOU made them both. I'm looking forward to sewing up my own clothes this year and it's always inspiring to see others do it so well. I also adore the backdrop in the first two pics - so much colour in that room!

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  12. It's gorgeous - I love both the tunic and the dress (especially the dress!) and the belt was an inspired idea. I don't think the back looks like a mistake either :)

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  13. Love the dress...especially in that fabric. You are inspiring to try to sew a dress again. Let's just say my first two attempts at an entire dress were not successful.

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  14. so freakin' cute! both of them and the belt is so perfect, I love the belt!

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  15. Maybe your toes were not camera-ready - but your legs sure were - nicely tanned in February! Nice dress too.

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  16. Those are adorable! They look great on you! :)

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  17. whoa nellie! thanks thanks, everybody! I'm so happy with this thing. I want to sew about 10 more of them. I'm really glad you guys concur.

    I do recommend the pattern to those of you inspired to try it. Key: measure yourself against the chart on the back, don't go by the ready-made size you wear.

    Stacy, I get it. Like the captain's log. Star date 0208.10...

    Jhoanna, looking forward to seeing the togs you make!

    Sandy Shirley, yours was the most arresting of the comments because if you could see my legs in good light it might blind you. I think the shadow of the toybox must have masked the casper-like glow.

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  18. I am in love with the neckline. they both turned out very lovely. Great job! yay your 1st dress!! hip hip hooray!

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  19. Enjoying the color riot!

    The top is so cute, and the dress is fabulous. I love the blue pockets & cuffs on the top and the belt on the dress. Plus, your (children's?) beds are lovely!

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  20. I grew in large family with a limited income and had to wear home made clothes (I HATED IT!). I sure wish I went to school looking like you do in your photos. I sew now, but only quilts and small baby items, because of my fear of home made outfits...your posting made me rethink that.

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  21. I love it!
    I have this pattern too, but I am much shorter than you (I presume) so it's got me a bit worried about what it will look like on me. I want the tunic, in plaid...

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  22. Ammie, yes, those are my girls' beds. Thanks! I can see a rubber snake on the floor under one of them. ha. Photo stylist I'm not.

    Warm Colors, I hear you about the handmade clothes, scourge of your childhood. I'm glad I could make you revisit the possibility. At least now you would be in charge of the style and color!

    Juliette, I'm 5 feet 6 inches. If that helps! I'm sure you would look great.

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  23. Oh, I LOVE them! Okay, so how much would you charge to make me a dress like that!?!? I am totally serious here.

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  24. Well done, Larissa! That dress is so awesome! I am ready to go out right now and get that pattern and sew it up!
    The belt totally made it, and if I had a cupboard full of these dresses, I would wear them every single day :-)!

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  25. The are both fabulous! Great work altering the now tunic to something you're comfortable wearing, I love that thrifted fabric.

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  26. Jessica, you know I love you (in the kind of way you can love a kindred spirit you've never actually met) but I'd have to charge you a million dollars.

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  27. Your dress and tunic look great! I wouldn't let the way the fabric matches up bother you at all. I am trying to get up the courage to sew a dress or shirt for myself right now. I don't want to start for fear that I will just waste fabric, but you are inspiring me! Enjoy your new clothes!

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  28. Possitivly perfect in every way- to quote Miss Poppins!

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  29. that dress is beautiful, love love love it ! I'm off to my dressmaking class later with 4 metres of fabric and a new pattern. Wish me luck !!! By the way - if you have any suggestions for dresses with pockets let me know :O)

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  30. Oh, the dress is so pretty Larissa! And I must say that I actually really like the tunic on you, although of course it's all about how YOU feel in it, right?

    I may just have to buy this pattern for myself, but I'm a little confused my Simplicity's sizing.

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  31. Tabitha, buy some yardage of el cheapo muslin to test with, or do like me and find a sheet set or duvet cover at the thrift store for a few bucks. No worries if it is a disaster.

    Michelle -- good luck!

    Kaye, definitely look on the back where the measurements are to determine what size to buy. Chances are it is a larger size than what you wear in ready-made. Don't be afraid of the size number, trust me.

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  32. Great job-you are so motivational!

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  33. Oh Larissa, you look fabulous in that fabulous dress! Pattern reviews from real people are so helpful. While you are on a "sewing high", you need to check out Simplicity 3867. Here's a linky
    http://www.simplicity.com/p-3279-misses-sportswear.aspx
    (your welcome :)
    I made the top but it was such a great pattern, I want to make the dress for this summer. It was one of those patterns that comes together really well and had great directions and no one could believe that it was handmade...ya know...kind of like that fabulous dress you are wearin'.
    I haven't commented in a while but we met at IKEA last Summer..I was very pregnant with #4 and she is now 5 months old! I am ready to get to sewin' for my non-pregnant self and baby Elise too. Please keep doing pattern reviews!

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  34. Hey, Bess, yes of course I remember you! are there pictures of baby Elise anywhere? 5 months old! thanks for the link to the pattern, I like getting tips like that from successful sewers! And thanks for mad props on the dress. I am on a high, I have to admit. It makes me happy to see it in the closet.

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  35. I love the dress. I love the fabric, I love the way the sleeves are just the perfect amount of tightness, and I mostly love the belt. LOVE the belt. I think it makes the whole thing look like something I would find and probably not be able to afford at Antropology. And I love your yellow bag. Quite fabulous!

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  36. Good job on both very beatiful. they look so comfy like you an go out and feel comfortable adn look all put together a the same time. You look great in them.
    Enjoy.

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  37. I'm so proud! Gorgeous dress, gorgeous girl. Love you!

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  38. Very pretty! I like the tunic with the pattern at the sleeve and pocket. I think you would have lost some interest if you'd taken it off and I think most people won't notice the pattern matching issues. Looking forward to seeing all the versions!

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  39. I love the dress! It is great!

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  40. Oooh, love it!
    Wanted to let you know I left an award for you over at my blog:
    http://ilikethewayyoudo.blogspot.com/2010/02/blog-award.html
    It's ok if you don't play along..just wanted you to know your blog makes me happy!

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  41. Aw, thanks y'all. You are too kind, too kind.

    Pinksuedeshoe, Anthro? that is the ultimate compliment to me! and the purse was a cheapy from Target. I love it so.

    shellyK, that is so sweet, thanks a bunch!

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  42. beautiful!!! they are both wonderful and I love the one you made into the tunic. It looks great!

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  43. Oh wow - both the tunic and the dress look amazing on you! Great job!

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  44. That looks fabulous, love the belt detail.

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  45. I love the room in the background! It's so fresh and fun! Oh and I do like the dress too, haha. Great blog! Glad I stumbled upon your blog today. I hope you'll find some time to stop by mine too!

    Anna

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  46. Anna, thank you and welcome to the blog!

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  47. I love that blue top...so cute!

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  48. Hi Larissa, I love the idea of the belt. You took it from a moo-moo to a dress! When I make this pattern I will try that idea. And the fabric choice is also wonderful. Thank you!

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  49. Hi Larissa, I love the idea of the belt. You took it from a moo-moo to a dress! When I make this pattern I will try that idea. And the fabric choice is also wonderful. Thank you!

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