Today was uncharacteristically hot! I think it was in the 70’s but the way I was sweating it felt like the 80s! I love it! In a preemptive nudge for Mother Nature to keep the warm weather coming, I sewed up this bright maxi dress Simplicity 2219. I made this as a birthday present for one of my girlfriends blogged here last summer, and I have been wanting to make another with this bright ikat knit that has been burning a hole in my closet for 8 months.
This time around I heeded my own advice and cut this a size down since it runs so huge. I self lined the bodice since putting liner in a knit is a bit ridiculous. It is much more comfortable this way and has more stretch. I didn’t bother adding the elastic in the waist since I left it out last time and most of the reviews people wrote said that it doesn’t take away from the fullness or serve much function for the dress. The finishing on the inside of the bodice is wonderful, it looks professional and there is no need for serging (except on the long seams of the skirt). I think my straps are a smidgen long, but they have interfacing so I am not too worried about them stretching out- no biggie.
I am pretty excited about this dress, it is long and fun, and has just enough modern day hippie vibe for a summer concert to see one of my favorite bands- already bought my tickets!
One of my very best friends Miss Jackson had her 29th birthday this month, and she’s a real hip and sassy gal so I decided she needed a fun dress to rock out. I had this bright funky knit fabric that I bought on a knit sale and it looked perfect for her. She wears a lot of maxi dresses, and the Simplicity pattern 2219 view D looked like a simple and comfy dress that she would be into.
Here is Miss J’s version!
I have made clothes for people before but I have never made a dress for anyone, and the reviews I read about this one all pretty much said that this runs huge. I had wanted it to be a surprise, however the straps on this dress had to be finished with interfacing and lining. To have to go back and undo all of that would really suck- not to mention it would end up looking sloppy, so I had her come over for a fitting. I cut the dress in the biggest size on the envelope so that I could just take it and and customize it to her exact size. The straps were very easy to make, mostly just interfacing and then piecing them together. Luckily the straps ened up fitting her really well so I did not have to make too many adjustments.
The sides of the bodice were gathered at the straps, and this type of material isn’t great at gathering with a long stitch. I think it is too flowy and doesn’t hold as well as a cotton or stiffer fabric would. To gather it I ended up kind of scrunching it a I sewed the pieces together, which is a little tedious but it worked. The side seams needed to be taking in about 2 inches fter fitting her. One thing that was odd about this dress was that it called for actual lining on the inside of the bust. I suppose this made it a little mosre stable and less bulky, however since this is just a casual knit dress if I made this again I’d just self line it since his seems like it’d be more comfortable.
The rest of the dress was a breeze, just two panels for the skirt that I serged together. Instead of hemming the botto I just cut it since this fabric is so thin and doesn’t unravel. I think I may have cut it a hair short, but it still looks ok.
Here she is getting sasssy!
Snap crackle pop!
Since thisturned out so well, I decided it was worthy of adding one of my customized labels complete with an owl of course 😉
On a side note, I finally picked a new sewing machine and ordered it! I get to go on a road trip to Cincinnatti and pick it up in the next few days. I took your all’s advice and decided against getting a Brother, after talking to a Brother dealer in town, even they advised that the model I ws looking at is only sold in the mass market and isn’t one that they would recommend. Since I enjoyed Jo’s machine so much I ended up choosing a Baby Lock Elizabeth model. It has all the features I am looking for, even some that the higher end Berninas didn’t have, plus much less pricey. Here is a picture off the Baby Lock site, once she gets here I’ll add some in person photos! Uber excited!!