I want to thank all of you who left comments on my recent posts. When my blogging mojo lags, you make me want to continue showing my stuff in spite of a lack of enthusiasm for the photo taking process. Having said that, I'm so glad I have you to share this week's project with It's one of my favorite things to sew.. a summer dress.
Here is the dress
and the pattern (now out of print ) Simplicity 2404.
The fabric is a beautiful rayon jacquard I've used before for an entirely different dress.
I had many meters of this lovely and I even have more which I'll use in the years that follow.
I absolutely love the silhouette of this dress. It seams to skim over the body and I think it's very flattering to my figure. I made this version years ago and it's my go to dress on a hot sticky summer day. That version was a stretch cotton poplin which is just wonderful for summer clothes.
I cut my usual size 10 above the bust and size 14 at the size seams. That was too much extra. Size 12 plus 1/4 inch is perfect for me for this one, if that is any help to anyone. I most often cut size 12 at side seams . Since this is an Amazing Fit pattern , there was no need to make an FBA but I did make , Sway Back, and Upper Rounded Back adjustments to my pattern as I do for all my clothes.
I love the split neckline of this pattern. I reinforced the slit with heavy fusible pellon, which is necessary for it to stand up.
I used the neck facing provided in the pattern but for the armholes ,I used bias strips of self fabric which looks just fine and works so much better than facings.
Since I had lots of fabric, I took special care to match the print along center front and back. I felt so virtuous because this is not something I usually do!.
For once , the invisible zipper went in just right! This is the method I use.
I just love this dress. I have it on right now and its 's so comfy and I don't have to suck in my belly nor wear Spanx!
It's a lovely Sunday afternoon here and since I'm alone with no hubby today, I think I'll sit out on the deck before heading for my sewing room.
Next week, I'll show you the self designed jumpsuit I made for the Meet and Greet night of my 50th High school reunion. I love it !!