- Pattern: Simplicity 1716, view E
- Size: 12
- Modifications: I left out the hem tape used to stabilize the shoulders and cut the length of view F instead of E
- Fabric: Lightweight polyester/spandex knit from Joann’s Nicole Miller collection
Despite Amanda and I playing an instrumental role in getting Debbie into the sewing rabbit hole, I haven’t sewn anything in four months. I bought fabric for a couple dresses back in June, made one, and then the other sat in my craft room closet all summer. I still haven’t sewn that second dress. Below is the one dress I did make this summer.
Just finished sewing the first of at least a couple summer dresses! This was such an instant gratification project–the pattern was only five pieces! I used a lightweight polyester/spandex knit fabric from the Nicole Miller collection at Joann. I have lots of leftovers to play with, too! #simplicity1358 #sewing #summer #sundress #YarnGasmSEWAL1 #nicolemiller
I had enough left over of that fabric to make something else, like a skirt or a top, but I stuck it in my fabric stash to deal with later. On Wednesday, I was feeling frustrated that all my current knitting WIPs are longer-term projects, like my sweater and my wrap, and I wanted to make something that would provide some instant gratification. I actually went up to my craft room to grab my cross stitch to work on that a bit (finishing a part of the pattern is like finishing a thing!), but I walked by this sewing pattern sitting on my shelf and thought hey, why not?
I decided to sew view E with the leftover from the dress above, which is the second one down in the left column. I didn’t have quite enough fabric for the tunic length the pattern specifies, so I cut it to the length of the shirt in view F. I chose my size based on my high bust measurement, which was about 34.5″ when I remeasured. Size 12 specifies 34″ for the bust measurement with a 37.5″ finished bust measurement because the shirt is made with positive ease, and my full bust is 37-38″ depend on the day, so that seemed like it would work for me. I used the high bust instead of the full bust because I have had issues before with Simplicity patterns where the armholes come out too big when I use my full bust to choose a size. My waist is about 1.5″ bigger than the waist measurement specified for size 12, but I hoped it would work out due to the stretchy knit fabric and positive ease of the pattern.
It did work out! I’m so happy with the result and with the fit. I tried it on before hemming the bottom and was unsure about it, so I decided to walk away from it for a bit and take a shower before finishing up. It might be the influence of being a freshly clean person, but when I tried it on again after finishing the hem, I liked it much better. I wore it to work the next day and this bathroom mirror selfie is, sadly, the only picture I have of it to share today.
I think it would look great tucked into a black pencil skirt, so now I might need to make one of those. The Axel Skirt is on my radar, though I will say I’m ready to take a break from sewing with knits for a while. Maybe I will finally get around to that other summer dress I bought cotton lawn and lining for back in June.