Wednesday, July 30, 2014

51 Shades of Grey...

(Thanks Bek!)

Soooo, in my last post, I whined about discussed how I have like 7,281 grey, black and white things. One could find it very ironic that the Sew Simple A1636 pattern that I made was cut out of...you guessed it! A b/w/g fabric. DOH!


And then...Since Jess of Sometimes Sewist made me complete my mini wardrobe, I needed a SUPER quick 5th piece. I decided on the Maria Denmark Kristen Kimono tee...in gray.

I've made this like 7 times so nothing new to add...well I did bands on the sleeve and hem to make it fast. And for the first time sewed them flat. I really liked this approach on the V1395 dress and on a casual item, I will definitely use the flat method from now on. I just did tiny stitches at the serged seam to keep it "down".


Laughing (HARD) at myself; I immediately redeemed myself by cutting another version of A1636...in a bright floral!


YAY! COLOR!

I had been looking for something like this for awhile and then Dina posted it here. I seriously went to WalMart the next day and bought it. I'll grab a couple more on my next trip and do a blog giveaway. 

So this pattern is like, the most awesome. It's super awesome. Super, really awesome. WHY don't regular Simplicity patterns fit like these?! This is my 2nd SS pattern and they are made so well and have really good instructions. Sheesh.

Front, back (bodice and skirt), front and back facings, pockets (optional-more on that later). Easy. Easy. Easy. It is so well made that it would be great for a beginner!

I cut a straight size 14 and made no adjustments. NONE. It fits very well at the neck/shoulders and the armscye is like, perfect.

Both dresses are made from rayon challis from Fabric Mart. I only had 1.5 yards of the snake print so it got a little dicey. I ended up having to do bias tape for the armholes from solid black challis. The floral print doesn't have pockets because pockets took a lot of time on the first one. I spent about 4 hours on dress 1 and exactly 2.5 hours on version 2. 

On BOTH dresses I miscalculated the width I needed on my bias tape and it doesn't cover the serged stitches. Oops.


The facings were sewn on, seams pinked, under stitched and I stitched in the ditch at the shoulders. I serged the loose edge. I will still need to tack it in a few places as it wants to move when I'm wearing it.

The pattern calls for 1/4" elastic but I used 3/8". I added 1/2" at the waist seam to account for the difference. Oh and it's kind of short. I don't know how long the finished length is but I know the hem is 1 1/4" and I did a 5/8" narrow hem. It's not too short but it's short.

And for kicks...


My daughter said "Mom, that's weird". hahahaha!

I'm going to be traveling but do have a couple of posts scheduled; a collage of my Mini Wardrobe and  my July wrap-up. 

Have a happy sewing weekend!!!




27 comments:

  1. I had a good feeling about the Simplicity Sew Simple pattern! Both versions are nice!! I love the floral print, and how amazing that you didn't have to do much to get a good fit. I'm glad you finished your mini-wardrobe, and look forward to seeing it all together!

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  2. Oooooooooh! These are really great. I love me some rayon challis. And I also got a fabric mart gift cert for my birthday... more rayon challis is in my future i bet. I want these dresses.

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  3. Pretty dresses and you have convinced me that I need to work this dress up soon.

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  4. Love both of your pretty dresses! Safe travels...

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  5. You know I love it on you. And like I said on Pattern Review--your gams. Amazing.

    Thanks for the link love, btw. Now everyone go out there and storm Wal-Mart looking for this pattern!

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  6. These are great dresses! I need to check out the Sew Simple line- I've never tried one before, and they could be just what I'm looking for to help me teach! Thanks for pointing them out.

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  7. You are so cute in both of these! Well done!

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  8. These are some really cute pieces. You look so relaxed!

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  9. Woo!!! You've been seriously productive lately-- and have made some definite winners. Gah! I might need to sew some clothes now. :)

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  10. Wooooo Hoooooo!!!! You look awesome in these!

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  11. Wonderful...both of them.. They fit and look great on you.. Have fun traveling..

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  12. Hahaha. I loved the gray one and then I got to the colorful one and WOW it is a stunner. I love them both. I'm glad you were able to finish up the mini wardrobe contest. Have fun with your traveling!

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  13. Great dresses I'm really impressed that you found a pattern that you had no alterations to make. I will have to look at the SS range. Both dresses look cute but the colourful floral is the winner for me. I

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  14. Congrats on completing your entry in the contest. Everything looks great-Good Luck!

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  15. That Floral looks AWESOME on you!

    I know how you feel about having too much fabric in just one or 2 colors. I'm doing a major stashbust and about Half my fabrics are red or Pink! aargh! I don't even know how that happened. I want to sew up all my stash, so I can just buy fabric for one or two projects in the future. I'm usually only excited about the new fabrics in my stash...

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  16. I really like the floral one too! And the insides look soo clean <3

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  17. YES for completing it! Glad to be that little nudge that got ya to finish. ;) I am also a fan of black and gray, so I think it's a perfectly wonderful Mini Wardrobe. The pop of green is a perfect statement to go with that sea of beautiful neutral.

    Gotta say, sewing knits sleeve on flat is the best thing ever. The first time I realized I could do that, I never went back. Forget crazy instructions, they ALL go in flat. So great!

    I really like that last photo of you hanging out with your vibrant dress on your form. Your daughter's right, it IS weird. That could be why I like it so much. :P

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  18. Oh, I really like that dress in both prints!

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  19. I love the photo of you and your mannequin, it's very artist and muse. Also, holy moly what a perfect fit you got right out of the envelope!

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  20. Fantastic! Both dresses are awesome

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  21. I'm sending all of my rayon challis sewing projects to you. That stuff is the devil in fabric form.

    Your dresses are faboo!

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  22. I love your little black and white numbers, what's wrong with having hundreds (anyway, who's counting...). They suit you. So do colours. I know, make lots of both !!!!

    Seriously, I love the MD tee, and the little black and white dress on you.

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  23. I can see why you love this dress pattern Nakisha. Both of them look so good on you. I love the length too and you have the legs for it.

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  24. I seriously love ALL your outfits!!

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  25. I sewed this dress as well and found that it fits me well in the armscye and in the neck and back region as well! I am 5'4" and I did a 5/8 hem as well, and it still hits between mid thigh and knee,so I lengthened the skirt by 3 inches for my second version (which I just cut out) so that I can have a deeper hem. Love this pattern and love your versions!

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