Saturday, April 2, 2011

Chic and Simple Sewing: You're So Shifty Dress


I completed this dress in early January, using $1.50/yd fabric. I'm not sure of the fabric make-up, but it has an interesting texture; I can't quite put my finger on it. Anyway, the pattern is from Christine Haynes Chic & Simple Sewing, which includes a variety of dress, top, and jacket patterns, all of which do not require zippers or other fasteners.


Here is a picture of the book's version of the dress:

(Sorry for the poor picture quality)

I think this dress has an interesting neckline design in spite of its overall simplicity. However, upon completion of the dress, I found the actual thing kind of shapeless, so I inserted a casing for elastic at the waist, which is concealed by the belt on the mannequin. I think the elastic gives the dress better shape, so I will likely do the same for future dresses made with the pattern.

This pattern was relatively quick to whip up. There are only 6 pattern pieces (dress front and back, and two sets of front and back yoke pieces) and bias tape involved in assembly. I probably finished cutting and sewing in about four hours. Not bad if you want a new dress in a jiffy!

With my straw fedora from H&M

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