Sunday, February 8, 2009

My Daughter's Valentine Dress Simplicity 2754



This dress was suppose to be a surprise, but after finishing it, I was a little afraid Tamara wouldn't like it so I decided to send her some pictures and she said it was cute. Since it's no longer a surprise,I decided to post it because I don't have anything else to post this weekend.So here is my interpretation of S2754 which is a Project Runway pattern.



The fabric is a fairly heavy polyester knit which has about the same hand as wool doubleknit.I couldn't resist it in the store and since I have a red wool doubleknit dress, I decided to make this one for my daughter

The first problem I had with this dress was deciding which sleeve version to use. I nervously chose the pleated shorter sleeve but felt very unsure whether DD would like it.



The next problem was that since the fabric is moderately heavy and the skirt is pleated in the front, I ended up with a thick seam when I joined the bodice to the bottom.

Polyester doesn't always favour a nice crisp seam when pressing and I sewed it using a size 90/14 needle and a small zigzag stitch and again a zigzag stitch doesn't always allow for a crisp seam so in my opinion, the finished garment is not up to the standard I expect from myself.

What do I like about this dress? I think it will be slimming due to the front pleats and the back darts.I like the closures I used.(the pattern called for a loop and one button).The sleeves are really quite unique.And ,I was able to omit the zipper and it goes on easily without it.



So Tam, I hope you like your dress.

11 comments:

Chris said...

What's not to like....I think it is very cute. The closure tabs are nice a detail. I'm sure your daughter will love it.

Lindsay T said...

Yes, I agree, it's a very cute dress. Love the red.

Meg said...

I love it! the colour is gorgeous.

Linda T said...

I like the color and the pattern. I have a love/hate relationship with poly knit,so I know what you mean about the pressing problems it brings. From the photos, I think it looks darling, and since she has given her approval, don't be hard on yourself.

Sew Passionista said...

Thank youChris,Lindsay,Meg and Linda for taking the time to comment. I appreciate all who look in on my blog. I always check yours out too and love seeing what you are all doing.
Happy Sewing from Diana

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Diana, this dress looks awesome!
I love the sleeve detail, and the closures. You did a wonderful job!
A perfect choice of fabric for a Valentine Dress. I'm sure your daughter will love it!

Cennetta said...

What a fine interpretation it is. This is an adorable dress.

Elizabeth said...

Thank you for your comments on my jacket. I am so excited to have found the world of sewing blogs- what a wonderful way to connect with sew many others that share a passion for sewing.
Your daughter is a lucky girl and I know every time she wears her dress she'll think about you.

Aminat said...

Wao , Diana, this is one beautiful dress you made, what not to like about this? I love the color and the dress is so cute. I have never made a dress before and you are really inspiring me to make one. Love love it.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

What an interesting pattern. I've never noticed that one before...however, your beautiful dress definitely does it justice. I'm glad that your daughter likes it.

Claire S. said...

Diana, this is a gorgeous dress ! The color, the sleeves - I love it.