Hi, friends! Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends and readers in the States! Hope you all had a lovely holiday, and that you’ve found time to reflect on the things that you’re thankful for! I’m currently in my hometown, spending time with friends and family. I also spent some time in Michigan visiting my parents, and I was able to snap a few pics of my mom in her fancy dress!
To refresh your memory, this is Simplicity 2444, and it’s made in a simple cotton sateen from Mood. I stupidly forgot to take any photos of the inside of the dress, but it’s fully lined with bemberg rayon and all the seams are finished with Hug Snug (sooooo time-consuming, but it really looked nice). I spent a LOT of time on this dress, and I tried out tons of new techniques, so it was a real learning experience for me. It could have fit a little better, and I feel kind of gross and nitpicky when I look at the photos, but honestly, I think I did the best job possible with my limited experience and no way to check fit as I went along. Still, I wish it was a little more fitted, particularly in the neck/shoulders area.
As far as the pattern goes, I definitely recommend it. I found the layout and instructions much clearer and nicer than Big 4 patterns usually are, and it’s very easy to mix and match the different style options (collar, sash, sleeve options, etc.). I did find the instructions for the pleats at the CF and CB confusing and unclear, but in the end, I just winged it and moved on. But it’s a nice style and it’s easy to imagine making multiple versions of this dress for different occasions.
I really like the soft pleats in the skirt– they’re so pretty and flattering! Now, if you’re an eagle-eyed, observant, Sherlock Holmes-y sort, you may have noticed that the final dress is a bit different from both the line drawing and my earlier version.
Mom didn’t like trying to tie the bow on herself, so she went to a family friend who is a master seamstress and asked her to tack the bow down to the front of the dress. It’s a little wrinkly, though, because it’s sort of hard to press now.
Mom also didn’t like that the sash was set into the side seams, so Pat (our fearless seamstress friend) moved the sash all the way to the center back, gathered the ends, and secured them with hook-and-eyes.
This photo pretty much tells you all you need to know about my mom– she’s goofy, girly, and doesn’t take herself too seriously. Plus, she’s cute as a button!
Guys, I’m so glad these dresses are behind me! I’m getting a super late start on my Christmas gift making extravaganza, but I’m really looking forward to making some nice handmade gifts. Man Friend thinks I’m insane in the membrane for wanting to make gifts, but it really is something that I enjoy doing. But I’m going to go easy this year, make what I reasonably can, and avoid tantrums, tears, and all-nighters like the plague!
How about you guys? Are you making holiday gifts? What else do you have on your agendas?
Oh, and I’ve really enjoyed reading your “Sew Grateful” blog posts, and I just want to echo them and thank you guys for the support, encouragement, advice, and inspiration you’ve blessed me with this year! I don’t think I would still be sewing if it wasn’t for you guys, so THANK YOU!