A nice, big, mid-week good morning to you all! I am happy today, things are finally getting back to normal over here in my neck of the woods. The boy’s hand is starting to become more moveable, the week back to school was put on hold, and I have a new dress completed that was ready to wear for last evening’s night out with my guy. The dress I am taking about is this simple looking Simplicity 1418. I say simple because I went with the easiest option of the bunch. The other choices had these great looking back details – that I know I will eventually get around to making – but for this specific project, I wanted something that wouldn’t take that long.
The dress did take three days to make, but three days with a little bit here and a little bit there. Had I done it all in one sitting, I don’t think it would have taken more than three hours, maybe close to four. It also helps to make things go a little faster once the tissue pattern has been cut out. Cutting out all the paper pieces, for me, takes longer than assembling the bodice sometimes. So next dress will be much quicker.
Everything about this dress is wonderful, except for the straps. I am starting to notice a pattern with straps such as these, and I now think it has everything to do with me and the shape of my shoulders. I am guessing here, but so far I can never get straps like this to lie flat. They always look like they are gaping where the bodice and the strap meet; and try, try, try as I did, I just couldn’t get these to be flat. This was the only unpicking that I did with this dress, and I did it several times with no luck. I almost thought that I might have overlooked something, but nope all my dots were lined up exactly, and there was no extra step that I had skipped. I even tried flipping the straps, just in case, but that was obviously the wrong way, so I did in fact put these things in correctly. My final thoughts on the matter were to just leave them as they were because, more than likely, I will be wearing a sweater over the dress and if I am not, my hair is long enough to cover those unsightly imperfections. It’s those little details that sometimes give me the biggest headache.
In the end, I am sure I am the only one noticing this little issue, so it’s all good. Now, had I put just a bit more thought into cutting the fabric out, I could have done a bit better with the pattern matching. I am slightly off, but it doesn’t look too bad considering I took no thought for pattern matching at all. I do absolutely love geometric prints, but they can occasionally make for some hard lining up. Oh, well, I am not gonna complain about that little detail. I really like this dress! I am even about to start another one, but one without those annoying little straps.
You can see my pattern review over here, and my material was from the Michael Miller Graphyx Collection over on Fabric.com. Getting some good pictures of this dress was hard enough, I find white clothing hard to photograph, so my apologies for no photos of the back. It is a basic straight neck line, and the zipper is nicely concealed on the side.
As always, I would love to hear your thoughts. Has anyone else made this dress? Let me know what you think.