Thursday, 9 July 2015

Tried 'n True Pattern

Stash-busting 2015:  New Dress and Jacket for Mama R

The pattern:  

This is Mama R's tried and true (TNT) pattern. Whenever she asks for a new dress, this is the pattern that she requests. Personally, I would be bored if I had a closet full of the same design but she loves it and who am I to judge. Besides, the style does look good on her.  

The design changes for the dress remain the same as the last million (actually, I've lost count) versions of this dress:  
  • remove the the centre front seam by cutting on the the fold
  • insert a centre back zipper
  • grade the raglan sleeve seams down to a size 10, raising the neckline in the front.  
  • lengthen the sleeves
  • shorten the hemline 
  • add front pockets.

This is the first time I made the jacket. The back pleat was removed along with the button and loop closure as per Mama R's request. I cut a straight size 14 and the fit around the shoulders, neckline and body of the jacket were perfect. Of course, I had to shorten the length of the jacket by 3 1/2 inches and the length on the sleeve by one and three-eighths.  

The Fabric:  

The fabric is from my stash. It is a cotton stretch sateen fabric that I picked up at Fabricland this past spring. My plan was to make a jumpsuit (Vogue 9075) until Mama R spotted it. I had three metres when Mama R expressed an interest in it, leading to a search for more. By that time, there was only one metre left on the bolt and I picked that up as well. Together, I had enough fabric to make the dress and jacket.  

I pre-shrunk the fabric by laundering it in the washing machine, a tumble in the dryer, and a good pressing before cutting the fabric. The fabric and colour handled well with these treatments. If you spot this fabric I would highly recommend that you pick some up--it really is lovely fabric.  It handled well during the laundry process and it is a dream to sew.

The Stats:

Fabrics:                     4  metres cotton sateen @ $59.66 ($22.00/metre - 40% off + taxes) 

Interfacing:               1.4 metres fusible interfacing @ $4.75 ($6.00/metre - 50% off + taxes)

Basting Tape:          1.12 metres @ $0.98/metre = $0.00 (birthday gift)

Thread:                     100% cotton thread @ $2.29 ($4.05 - 50% off + taxes) 

Zipper:                       22 inch invisible zipper @ $2.20 ($3.90 - 50% off + taxes)

Pattern:                      Simplicity 2372 (already priced out many moons ago)

Sewn on:                  Janome 4120 QDC using straight stitch for construction and top-stitching. 

Hand-stitching: Slip sttich (blind stitch) strategically stitched along facing and basting the side seams for fitting.  Hems were all hand-stitched.  

Seam finish:            Serged on Janome MyLock 234D

Mama R is happy with her new two-piece summer outfit.  And even though I lost a fabric that I was all smitten over, I'm really pleased that she's happy and the fabric turned into a nice outfit. Win-win! 

Happy Sewing!  


  1. TNTs are great! Beautiful color. I'm sure she is thrilled with it.

    1. This pattern is worth its weight in gold! She's quite thrilled with it and it is perfect for this heat we're experiencing right now.

  2. Great fabric and lucky mama!

  3. Nice summer ensemble-sorry you lost your fabric :-)


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