Pattern: Simplicity 1419, view B
Fabric: Mystery fabric from Joann’s
Notions: 22″ invisible zipper, contrasting sateen for collar and bias binding
So, I guess I’m back! The musical was brilliant, and I’m so very proud of all my students. Next spring I hope to produce another! Now that I’ve done it once, perhaps it will not consume my life. I wouldn’t want to do anything else, and I am so very happy with my career! But now I have a few months off, so I’m back to sewing again. Well, I had to kick my husband out of my sewing room, which he had turned into a LEGO construction room, but never you mind. I decided t0 start back with this pattern, a Lisette dress in a very retro style.
I bought this fabric at Joann’s, and I’m not sure of the content. My guess is rayon/poly/cotton. It does like to fray, but it will hold a press. I have wanted a striped dress for a few years, so I was happy to make this one!
I cut a size a size 12 in the bodice, blending to a 14 in the waist (my measurements are a 28″ waist and 33″ bust, if that helps anyone!) Honestly, the waist is a little big, but I don’t like things that are tight, so I’m happy with it!
I didn’t follow many of the instructions, but I did use the zipper instructions. Honestly, I can’t recommend them if you do view B (with the collar):
(I am very proud of my stripe matching – not perfect on the skirt, but excellent in the bodice!) So, the instructions direct you to interface both the collar and the facing. This results in a lot of bulk. It then asks you to place the edge of the zipper tape at the seamline, and to later fold the tape over the seam line and tack it down. Quite frankly, that’s a lot of bulk, and I would recommend interfacing only the facing, and finishing the zipper with a hook and eye to close.
I decided that I would rather just hand sew the neck together, so my dress lacks the button and loop called for in the pattern.
Sewing this dress made me realize how much I was missing sewing. Hopefully I will be able to make some balance this year, so that I don’t have to disappear again! I would like to thank everyone who emailed me, asking where I was. Although I wasn’t always able to reply, it meant a lot to me that you all remembered! I’m really hoping to be here more consistently now, and to find more balance in my life. Plus, look at all the awesome patterns I missed (planning post coming soon!)
But really, thank you, and I hope I haven’t been forgotten!