Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Simplicity 3835, third go

with thick belt

with thin belt

or sans belt. entering Frumpville?

Schmoopie and I went out of town recently and I was seized with the usual mania to make myself something fabulous* to take along. Thankfully this compulsion did not overcome me in the hours I was supposed to be packing, like usual. I did in fact give myself several days lead to tackle the Built by Wendy dress again, this time determined to get the sizing right and also to sew in my first invisible zipper.

*Everything I make inside my head turns out fabulous. Of course. Things only go awry in the real world.

I used the flat sheet I had thrifted earlier in a great eggplant color. (As a rule, I do not use fitted sheets, unless they are new in the package. I have to draw the line somewhere.) I actually spent more money on the lining fabric than the dress fabric, but I managed to find a nice liner that was almost the same exact color as the sheet at Jo-Ann. What are the odds?

front

back

This time I went back to the size 12, and just added more room in the shoulders and chest. I did this by simply sewing it with a half inch seam instead of the full 5/8 inch seam. I think the bottom is a bit too full, too A-liney. Needs to be straighter. I also shortened the waist, but I think I might shorten it a tad more next time. Yes, there will be a next time. Remember this fabric? Sigh.

I didn't alter the pockets this time, but I added 2 inches to the length to make up for shortening the waist and also to make it a bit longer than last time. I found out it is a bad idea to sew the lining into the hem. I got the lining a bit shorter than the dress somehow, and after I sewed it into the hem it made the dress hang weird. The seam ripper got a good workout. It's better to leave the lining hanging loose, check.

I had really high hopes of embroidering a pattern on the neck and pockets in cinnamon, gold and turquoise, but I ran out of time. I guess I can still do that.


I admit I was afraid of the invisible zipper. To prep, I read several tutorials, and found this one to be the most helpful. I used it in conjunction with the directions that came with the zipper itself and I think the whole process went very well. I had no trouble finding the required invisible zipper foot near the zippers at my local fabric store.

I have to say that now I've done one, I think invisible zippers are actually easier than regular zippers to put in, and the results are certainly more attractive. I guess I need to qualify that: easier as in less frustrating, not less time consuming. Try as I may, I always manage to pucker the fabric when I sew in a regular zipper. The biggest drawback to the invisible zipper was having to figure out how to attach the plastic invisible zipper foot to my machine. But now I have that figured out, the next one shouldn't take as much time.

25 comments:

  1. Very cute! I love the eggplant color... and I love your boots too!

    I would say that that is a successful invisible zipper. I tend to do invisible zippers over regular zippers, because I think they are easier too!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Gorgeous! I actually just bought this pattern myself (inspired by you of course) because my LFS had all Simplicity patterns on sale for $2.00 each!

    ReplyDelete
  3. I don't think sans belt is entering frumpville at all! It looks great and doesn't look boxy on your shape. Nice work. I'm impressed by the fact you can use the same pattern three times in a row! I am so not that patient. If it doesn't work out right the first time that usually the end of my effort :). Perhaps that's why I never make any clothes? Maybe when all my children are over the age of three :).

    ReplyDelete
  4. Awww, I am swooing over your dress creations. I got a sewing maching over the holiday and I've been itching to learn how to use it. Your posts is making my itch even worse!!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Hmmm... it needs a thick brown belt that doesn't put too much emphasis on the clasp... That way it will put more emphasis on that beautiful dress. I might have to try this pattern out. :)

    ReplyDelete
  6. thanks, y'all, for the love!

    briannajenkins, these boots are my new favorite shoes. so comfortable, and they now magically go with everything I own.

    Kaye, score!

    Katie, unfortunately it takes at least three tries to work out all the kinks. I always go in hoping it will be perfect the first time, but that never works out.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Very cute-love it with the thick belt or even w/out! Can't wait to see the next version! ;)

    ReplyDelete
  8. Thick belt for sure. I love that plum color. The boots are great!

    ReplyDelete
  9. It is fabulous!! You are definitely inspiring me to start sewing for myself!

    ReplyDelete
  10. definitely with the wide belt. very chic with the boots. great job!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Okay, I think the dress is very cute, but I LOVE the boots! My favorite is the thick belt. The embroidery sounds great, can't wait to see the results!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Lovely! And I think the embroidery would so make this dress!! Personally I like it without a belt (you don't look frumpy at all).......

    ReplyDelete
  13. I haven't sewn for myself in years. I haven't even looked at patterns, now I'm going to get busy. I used to sew everything for the entire family. Sooo Cute!

    ReplyDelete
  14. I actually really like the no belt version the best! Looks modern, not frumpy! Great job :)

    ReplyDelete
  15. It's really cute, Larissa! My vote's for the wide belt, too, with the boots - if you have to wear a belt. I actually like it without the belt the best. But I probably need to see it in person to judge more accurately... :)

    Nice job with the invisible zipper there. I have GOT to try that.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Wow. I just found this via Bloganistas and I am totally impressed. I love it! And it is a sheet? One of my resolutions this year is to learn to sew clothing so I will definitely be back to see what you're up to.

    ReplyDelete
  17. So pretty!

    I still can't sew clothes for myself.. Everytime I try it, I end up hating the result!! =/

    Kisses from Brazyl!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Oh, and THANK YOU for the comments you left me while I was away!
    You are so sweet! ^^

    ReplyDelete
  19. Thanks, y'all.

    Hm. I'm going to have to re-think the no belt thing, because a bunch of you prefer that. I feel like it should be shorter if I wear it with no belt. Thanks for the feedback.

    Thalita, it is usually heartbreak for me too. this is really the first pattern I've been able to sew for myself with any success, besides a skirt or two.

    ReplyDelete
  20. I found your blog via a google image search for a family tree template. You have one you made on the computer posted way back in spring of 08 and it's EXACTLY what I've been looking for. Is there any non creepy way of me asking to get a generic copy?

    ps. Your blog is lovely by the way.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Renee, that doesn't sound creepy. I'll see what I can do.

    ReplyDelete
  22. I think my general fear of apparel would have me making three or four of the same garment, too. I love that I could customize something to my body, but I have no patience. which is why i don't shop for apparel, either. living vicariously thru you.

    ReplyDelete
  23. Super cute! I actually like it sans belt, I do not think it looks frumpy at all. Great color too.

    ReplyDelete
  24. Belated I know, but I just wanted to say this is absolutely gorgeous - good work! (and I don't think you look frumpy at all sans belt)

    ReplyDelete

Hello. Enough about me. Let's hear from you! If you have a question, I answer with a reply comment, so be sure to click the 'subscribe by email' link as you post your question to receive the answer via email. Thanks!