Simplicity 1612, back to my knits!

It has been a wile since I have made a knit dress, which is unfortunate because I have so many of them in my stash in a lot of fun prints! I used to make a LOT of knit dresses, and now I remember why! They are so soft, comfy and forgiving, but still really cute! They can be dressed up or down, and with the right style you can even wear one to a wedding if you want. I know people are deathly afraid of knits, however there are endless tutorials online to help you deal with troublesome details like neck bindings (luckily this dress didn’t need one!

This dress is Simplicity 1612, one of the new patterns for knits that Simplicity released this year. It has such a cut keyhole around the neck line, and the back is also really pretty with a cut out and necktie. I used a super soft knit that has an ikat print in charcoal and cream. I love that this dress can be worn both casually and a little more dressed up since it has the neckline details. My mom just turned 65 so I wore this out for her birthday dinner. Happy birthday Ma!

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I followed the directions on this one exactly as they were listed. It wasn’t difficult putting the bodice together, however there were a few instructions that they sort of clumped together. So just be careful to read everything thoroughly and use the picture diagrams. I cut the dress in a 12 and it just happened to work out and fit perfectly. That never happens!! I was stoked, other than just taking in the sides a bit I had virtually no adjustments to make.

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The keyhole is a little big, so beware if you are a little more busty. I have never really been shy about showing off some cleave but if you are then I would take it uo a little bit and add a little more length to the bodice. I guess I am just a little hussy!

I did my best t match up the print, but there were a couple places that it was slightly off. This seems to be an eternal problem of mine, matching up prints! Bah!!

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Isn’t the back so cute? The main issue I read about in other reviews of this pattern was the facings and how they just kind of hang inside the dress. I would classify these more so as self liners than facings, the bodice facing is the same pieces made up as the right side, and the back was a rectangle that encases the straps and elastic on the back. I ended up tacking both of these down at the side which worked out great. The back peeps out a little with movement, but it isn’t anything major.  Another version that I love is blogger Nikki’s dress, I love the print she used- it looks like yarn knitted together. Super cute!

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Speaking of cute, harper wanted to get in on the blogging action. She’s so stylish! I don’t know anyone else who pulls off wearing white better than her 🙂


Cascade skirt- easy and breezy

I have seen several of Megan Nielsen’s Cascade skirts popping up in the sewing blogosphere and I was getting flowy, wrap skirt envy! I also keep seeing the designer Thakoon’s fabric appearing in projects, particularly this awesomely trippy navy blue cotton print. Lauren at Lladybird used it on her fantastic culottes, and I also saw it featured on Grainline Studio’s page to make up these adorable pajamas. It is true what they say about how soft and fluid the fabric is, I am in love! I knew it would be perfect for the cascade skirt, I mean the name is cascade- that’s what this fabric does!

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This skirt is super easy to put together. Yes you will deal with a whole lot of fabric and an extremely long hem, but it is a no brainer. Just as everyone else has said, you can truly trust the layout guide which Megan created for the skirt. At first it all seems kind of backwards because you have to fold your fabric in half instead of long ways, and then you just follow the grain lines. It all works out, I promise! I chose to make the full wrap version which wraps around the back and ties in the front. I love the design element of the skirt with the long ties. I did have to cut a significant amount of length off the back, this thing was down to my ankles and it looked kind of ridiculous at first. I think I cut about 6 inches off!

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I really love the french seams and the rolled hem, they worked perfectly with this fabric. The slit in the front could be a little risqué especially in a big breeze, but if you were really concerned you could strategically pin it. I just wore mine to the local music festival called Forecastle here in Louisville and I took no precautions! However, there were a lot of hippies and people running around in bikini tops and not much else, so I figured a little leg wouldn’t offend anyone. Here are a couple fish people I met this weekend:

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I had a blast, and I stayed (somewhat) cool in my skirt. It was in the 90’s after all! I definitely see more of these in my sewing future!

In other news Project Runway season 12 starts on Thursday! Bring on ladies night fully equipped with wine, snacks and cattiness! Yahoo!!

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The Parisian Lonsdale

This weekend I decided that I couldn’t wait any longer and I had to make up a dress with my new fabric from Paris. I decided that the purple/white geometric cotton fabric would work well with the Sewaholic Lonsdale dress so I went nuts and started cutting. This pattern looks like it would be complicated with all the ties and halter action with loops in the back and whatnot but I found this to be a pretty straight forward dress to assemble. The directions on the pattern were great, more so the picture diagrams. I barely read any of the directions because the pictures explained it all, well done Ms. Tasia!

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I m pleased with the fit overall, however there is a good bit of gaping in the bodice area. I definitely will need to go back and tweak it a bit. Sucks having to go back at this point and put in a dart or possible just pinch it in a little but it is what it is. I think it could possibly be from having a fuller bust and these patterns are adapted to pear shapes, or I may have just cut the bodice a size too big, or maybe both? Lesson learned for my next one though.

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Somehow when I was cutting I missed the little rectangle pieces for the loops so I created my own, I think they may be a tad long but they are functional and not too shallow so they work. Chris tied my bow for me, isn’t he sweet?

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I really love the skirt on the dress, the pocket are super cute, and I love how it flares. I think it could be cute as a skirt in its own right.