Outfit · Sewing

Simplicity 8608

0177E275-AD36-4B2E-9F48-F0713C18D923There’s snow on the ground today but we had a few nice days over the weekend. I finally was able to wear my Simplicity 8608 wrap dress I made last month. Perfect springtime/ Easter dress. I made version A- a short faux wrap dress with elastic waist, removable sash, pockets and lots of ruffles!

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Was it easy to make? The dress was easy to make overall- hemming all if the ruffles was probably the most time consuming part!

Pattern Adjustments? I added an inch to the length of the skirt. I wish I had enough fabric to add maybe 2 more inches. It’s a little short for me but definitely wearable.

Fit? I made the size 8. The wrap part on the bodice is a little big for me. I wonder if I should have made the size 6 or somehow adjusted the pattern. I think adding a snap will help a lot.

Fabric choice? I absolutely love this fabric I bought from Jo Ann’s. I knew I needed to get it at soon as I saw it! The flowers and colors are so pretty. I believe it’s rayon. It worked beautifully with all of the ruffles.

Anything to watch out for? When you attach the ruffle pieces, you need to do a gathering stitch along the unfinished edge. BUT you barely need to gather to fit! Don’t bunch it all up like I did only to realize I had to basically undo it all.

Would you make it again? Probably! I’m curious about the romper or jumpsuit versions.

Outfit · Sewing

Simplicity 1325

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Can you tell I’m ready for Valentines Day?! Today I’m sharing this jumper that I made. I found a cut of this red corduroy as I was passing by the remnant table at my local fabric store. I knew immediately it needed to be a skirt or jumper. When I was browsing the Simplicity website on a Black Friday, I found this pattern in the sale section for only $5. I had planned on making this for Christmas and even had all the pieces cut out. I never found the time though and just sewed this together last week!

The top is lined and features a deep V. The skirt is a circle skirt cut on the bias so it flares out nicely. The pattern includes pockets but I didn’t have enough fabric and I didn’t think it needed them. I also switched the zipper to an invisible one instead of a lapped. The pattern included a longer version of this (I added a couple inches to the tunic version), a top, a jacket and a pair of pants as well. I haven’t decided if I’ll try any of the other patterns included but I definitely feel like I got my moneys worth!

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I am very happy with how this turned out! Sometimes a pattern just works, you know? Everything lined up and stitched nicely. I think the fit is great, too! I recently bought a new petite dress form and I definitely think that helped. My old one was just too big for my measurements. I put it on my dress form several times throughout my sewing to make sure everything was going to fit.

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I’m wearing a pin I made from a vintage valentine and some printable Shrinky Dink paper. I have two different designs and I just love them! I made them a few years ago and I always wear them throughout February. I am so glad January is over and I am looking forward to spring now. Here’s hoping that groundhog doesn’t see his shadow 😉

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Outfit · Sewing

Wildflowers (Simplicity 8294)

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I went to Melicks farm in Oldwick to pick some sunflowers… but they were all dead or picked when I got there so wildflowers had to do!

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I’m so happy with how this dress turned out! The fit is perfect and the little button tabs on the sides are such a cute detail. I’ll definitely be using this pattern again.

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I made it in a cotton gingham so it will be nice in the summertime but I can also layer it with tights and a cardigan in the cooler months.

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Has anyone else made this dress? What do you think?