I always mean to get involved in these challenges, and before I know it, the month has flown by and we are into the next. But this indie challenge happened to coincides perfectly with the end of exams! So I celebrated by using a Simple Sew #011 ‘the floating bodice dress’ from Love Sewing Issue 13
While at the ‘sewing for pleasure’ fair at the NEC a few months ago, I picked up 2m of light green with white polka dot cotton, and I’ve just been itching to use it! But I always planned on making a dress like this with it, acquiring the pattern was a very exciting day for me! I know its poor practice, but I very rarely make muslins, especially for day dresses (evening wear, I tend to muslin) so I cut a straight 12 from the measurements on the back. In reality, it wasn’t too poor a fit, a little wide on the hips perhaps, but a comfortable fit for the height of British summer. The only notion needed was a 22″ white invisible zips that went in like a dream because there were no waistband seams to match up!
The biggest problem I encountered was with the gloating part of the bodice, but that was only because I didn’t check the whole edge of the bodice was inserted into the dart, so there was a little bit flapping and fraying. I unpacked part of the dart and re-set it. Now you can’t tell which side went wrong!
I will be honest, I liked the pattern, but I didn’t think the instructions followed a logical progression, so I discarded those after the bodice had been attached to the main dress and just made the dress how it felt logical to do so! Usually, I have no issue with Simple Sew patterns, in fact, I love them so much! They are amazing, easy to follow and generally look fantastic when finished. I just wasn’t too fond of the instruction organisation this time. However, once again, the dress looks awesome, and I can’t wait to take it for a test wear when I go back home this week!
I have written a more in depth blog, with more pictures etc on my blog: ‘Floating Bodice Dress’
Thank you very much! Good luck with everyone’s indie patterns for the rest of the month! 🙂