Monday, February 07, 2011

let that be a lesson to me

I am so ready for spring. i've been busy making spring clothes even though the snow keeps on coming because i just can't take winter anymore.

today's dress is a lesson on why I should always look up the entries on patternreview before cutting out a pattern. i used to love shirtdresses as a kid. my mom made me several and i wore them all the time. i've gotten away from it in my adult years, but i still love how versatile the shirtdress is.
Simplicity 2403
Pattern: Simplicity 2403
Size: 8 at bodice, graded to 10 at waist
Fabric: 2yds textured stripe shirting cotton from joanns
Started: January 28, Finished: January 31
Simplicity 2403
First, the good. i adore this pattern. it has many options for the bodice. I chose the mandarin collar, ruffled placket, elasticized sleeves, and tie belt. i shortened the skirt by a couple of inches. i used elastic thread and shirred the sleeves instead of doing an elastic casing. i have a single ruffle with 2 layers stitched right sides together and turned out and pressed instead of the double ruffle with 2 single hemmed layers. i omitted the skirt slit. i didn't need it for walking.

i was barely able to squeeze everything out of the 2 yards i had. forget matching up the stripes. but since it was a textured rather than a colored stripe, i don't think the mismatching shows too much.
Simplicity 2403
i've seen several really cute versions of this dress in blogland lately, which is why i wanted to try it. however, i really should have read more thoroughly other people's experiences with the pattern. several people said that the waist was tight. i'm no exception. even with grading up to a larger size at the waist, it is mega-tight. like i can barely breathe tight. so, although i think this dress is absolutely adorable, i don't know that i'll be wearing it much. i've already altered the pattern for future use because i will definitely be making it again someday.

there are a lot of pieces and steps to follow but the construction is pretty straightforward. it's a time-consuming dress to make but really cute. i'd like another version in a small floral print, subbing in a pleated fuller skirt for more of a traditional shirtdress look. but i really like the straight skirt with pockets as well. i might have to make 2 more.

5 comments:

  1. aw, I love the style of this! it looks so cute, so I'm sorry to read it fits so tightly. How difficult was the ruffle at the buttonband to do tidily?

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  2. The color is beautiful!

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  3. I'm sorry it's too tight, because it really looks lovely on you. The color is nice, and the dress style is just perfect. I can't wait to make this one, and I appreciate the heads up on sizing!

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  4. Oh, it looks so lovely. Do you NEED to breath?!?!?!

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  5. Ha ha! I'm with you! I've been scouting dresses on Burda. WTF? There's snow on the ground. But we've got a day-before-spring-fake-wedding to go to in March...

    Love that dress! I love that you can pull off ruffles!

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