Tuesday, 15 May 2012

The Big Reveal!

This is Simplicity 2398, finally.

I made if for my niece. I can't wait for her to come over and try it on so I can hem it. The hem is the last finishing touch.

I have to say I do like the pattern, not so much a fan of the instructions though.  

I made just a few changes.  Instead of a lap zipper, there is an invisible zipper. That meant sewing the back pieces first instead of the bodice pieces.

Sewing instructions should include a tip for using basting tape, greatest invention ever! If you're working with special occasion fabric that has a slippery or silky texture I would highly recommend picking up this tape.

I also didn't care for the way the front skirt A piece was cut into two pieces (a skirt front and a skirt front end) so another change occurred there too.

Sew, on the shopping trip for fabric the one request that I had was that the fabric had enough width to avoid this issue. I was then able to cut the skirt front as one piece.

The pattern instructions suggest a narrow machine hem for the skirt hem. I don't think I'll take that route. I'm thinking about a hand stitched hem with invisible thread.

I do like the colour my niece picked out, she does have great taste. It will match her brown hair and eyes perfectly.


  1. Just beautiful! Your niece will feel as if she's walking the red carpet in such a gorgeous dress.

  2. What a lovely dress! The detailing on the bodice is especially stunning!


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