I posted the Giraffe belt to this post a few days ago, but since hubby returned (and has since left) to put his eye behind the shutter, I can now share with you, the As Summer Begins to Fade Dress. I was super excited to take pictures at this old, what we think it is, pump house. On the way to our church, down a little country road sits this overgrown and unkept little hut with concrete stairs, a rickety plywood door and beautiful foliage. What an awesome place!
Now... to the dress. This dress is one of my new favorites! Although I would consider myself a decent seamstress, I can tell that my ease and skill improve with each piece I make. (Maybe I will be ready for Project Runway one day soon... NOT!)
For the review, Simplicity Pattern #2147, Version B:
Fabric: Shell/Upper Lining: Cotton Quilting Solid in Eggplant from, **gasp** WalMart! - 2yds/45" wide, Skirt Lining Fabric from JoAnn's in Light Pink.
Notions: Thread. SIMPLE! (Although pattern calls for bias tape, which I did not use... see below.)
Time to Complete: 1.5 hrs.
Machines Used: Sewing machine and Serger. Used the Blind Hem foot on my sewing machine for the hem on the main skirt.
Alterations Made to the Pattern: I took one look at the directions and didn't like what I saw! Although I am normally a big fan of bias tape, I had just finished making the most horribly color coordinated Collette Sorbetto top (super cute pattern, but I must have lost my mind when I picked out the fabric and bias tape combination - hideous!) and had enough of bias tape! The fabric was also very flimsy and quite see through. I ended up lining the top and the bottom of the dress for movement and for comfort.
Additionally, I chose a 2" rolled hem instead of the directed 1" hem - I feel it added weight to the bottom of the dress and made it lay more flat than it otherwise would have.
Yeah/Nay: Absolutely! Hubby liked this dress quite a bit and that's cause alone for me to make it again! I am looking forward to making the pattern in a navy babywale corduroy that I have for the fall with 3/4 sleeves and a turtleneck underneath!