A Dress for April

geometric print dress

Simplicity 1803

Well hello there, blog readers!  It is another month in this sewing challenge of mine, and I have once again finished another dress.  Let me tell ya, I get happier and happier every month with my sewing-self, and it seems I am accumulating many new favorites!  Yet another favorite, if not my most favorite, of the homemade sort, April’s Dress.

1803I went with a different pattern this time, Simplicity 1803.  It was one of five I bought back in January when Joanne’s was having a 5 for $5 sale.  The material came from fabric.com and it was a bit of a splurge for me since I usually only shop the clearance racks.  Not too bad price wise really, just over $20.00 for the three yards.  I love a good geometric print, even more so when it is some of my favorite colors!

The dress was easy to make.  I had no troubles at all, until it was done that is.  I initially made the armhole openings a bit bigger just because of my last dress, but then once I got it all together realized it was unnecessary.  It was an easy fix to get that taken care of though, so no problems there.  Then, when I was done and trying it on for the third time, I thought it might be worth it to take it in just a bit at the front center bodice seam.  Should be easy, just a little unpicking here, a small stitch up there and… Well, it was easy to do all of this, but I messed up and serged the facing just a bit too short and therefore lost that nice flat, under-stitched look at the front center.  My only option without redoing the front facing was to finish it with a top stitch, which I was initially really happy not to have to do.  Oh, well, it still looks great.  I just need to perfect my perfecting!  (It was fine before I went and messed with it.)

I put in some cap sleeves opposed to my usual no sleeves.  I was nervous because I always seem to dislike the look and feel of most sleeves that I make on dresses.  Not this time, I was very happy with the way they came out.  I found that the instructions for this pattern had better directions for most of the things that I normally have trouble with.  This got me thinking.  I read a few months back how the cheaper patterns are the hardest to work with, and while I wouldn’t exactly call Simplicity patterns high-priced, they usually run just under the $10 range, they do cost more than the $3.00 New Look patterns I have sewn from the most.  (Wal-Mart is my hometown mall after all.)  After this dress though, my conclusion is that Simplicity is a much better pattern brand to work with.  I think I will be skipping the cheap brands and finding the equivalent in something a little more tried and true from here on out, even if it means I have to wait until I get to the big city.  I haven’t noticed too much trouble with New Look skirts though, so I guess I can still get a few of those now and again.

Next up on my sewing agenda, I am planning on a quick skirt.  I finally got the backing for my quilt, and I threw in a few yards from the sale pages to make the shipping free.  Although, my sewing time is gonna now have to be shared with my outside time, and I am not too sure how I feel about that… But if this rain and dreariness or wind continues, I won’t be outside much anyway.

a dress in the windA dress that holds up well in the wind, bonus!  And I promise I really do iron my dresses.  It just never looks like it.

This blog of mine is just all over the place, I know.  From dresses, to photos of insects, and really everything in between!  Funny thing is that my sewing posts get me some of the most feedback, and I love it!  Stay tuned, my next post will be about something completely different, that I am sure…

Thanks for reading, and as always, I would love to hear what you have to say.

Outfit details: Dress – made by me // Shoes – Route 66 // Necklace – made by me

Linking up with: Passion for Fashion, Simple Sequins, Sew and Tell Saturday, Maybe She Made It

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22 thoughts on “A Dress for April

  1. What an adorable dress, Erika! Great vintage but fresh new take on it. *FiF* is so glad you are with us each week, let me tell ya. ♥

    1. Thanks for the comment! I am happy to be a part of it.

  2. The dress is beautiful and looks great on you! And I agree with the previous commenter, you ARE a great seamstress!

    1. I am very happy with the fit of this one, which doesn’t always happen. Thank you so much!

  3. You look fantastic in the dress! Great job!!

  4. You look just lovely in that dress. Its a fantastic print too! Can you recall the designer?

    1. Thank you! The print was called Hip to B Square from fabric.com. I have the item number if you are interested: #0315281. I just checked, and it was designed by Studio 37 for Marcus Brothers.

  5. I’m not sure if my last comment went through or not because it made me log into an account I didn’t know I had, but just in case it didn’t: gorgeous dress! I absolutely love the print, and the shape is perfection 🙂

  6. It’s an absolutely gorgeous dress, and suits you so well! I spent an entire hour taking up the hem of a skirt (badly, I might add) this week, so I’m in awe of people who can make entire dresses from scratch!

    1. I have had many a comment get ‘eaten’ by the internet! Fortunately, I got yours, and I thank you for stopping by and dropping a line. I am glad you like the dress, such a compliment coming from you. I was a bit timid to dive into this pattern, but I am glad that I did. 🙂

    1. Thanks! It is a style that I have been admiring from afar, so I was glad to have been able to recreate it.

  7. Well done, that’s a great job! Such a pretty fabric you chose as well. Found you through the Passion For Fashion linkup! P x

    1. I am in love with the print! Thanks for your comment and thanks for stopping by.

  8. so pretty! you look amazing(:

  9. Hi! It’s a very nice dress, I really like what you did with the sleeves.

    1. Thank you. I am so happy with how the sleeves came out. I really like cap sleeves, but had never gotten them attached quite right. I am glad you like them.

  10. You are a fantastic seamstress!

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