Friday, 15 July 2016

New Dress for Mama R

As soon as I finished this dress, Mama R deposited another length of fabric on my sewing table. She's sneaky that way. The fabric is a remnant from a previous make and I was able to squeak out another dress.

The pattern has been seen before, Simplicity 2372. She loves the fit of this dress pattern and let's just say that I've lost count of how many times I've sewn up a version of this dress.

The same usual changes reoccured in this dress: removed the centre front seam, inserted an invisible zipper, adjusted the sizing of the raglan seam, lengthen the sleeve and shortened the dress. Oh yes, and added pockets.   

I seem to have finally mastered invisible zippers and despite this being a 100% polyester fabric I didn't have any issues inserting it. It has been a long journey getting to this point in my sewing. I couldn't have done it without guidance from sewing magazines, the online community, my iron, some basting tape, and investing in invisible zipper foot.  

This last bit of fabric has been part of the stash for more years than I care to remember. If memory doesn't fail me, I do believe I picked this up when Fanny Fabrics were closing down in the city. A very long time ago. It has been pre-treated with a tumble in the washing machine followed with a tumble in the dryer and it handled the laundry process without any issues. Wrinkles came out with a low heat temperature on the wrong side of the fabric. The right side has a suede-like finish and doesn't accept iron heat as readily.  

The hems on the sleeve and dress were done by hand. All-in-all, Mama R is pleased to have another version of Simplicity 2372 in her closet.   

The Stats:  

Fabric:  2.3 metres

Basting Tape:  1.08 metres

Zipper:  22" invisible zipper

Pattern:  Simplicity 2372

Additional Tools & Supplies:  Sewing, serger, walking foot, invisible zipper foot, zipper foot, cutting table, scissors, pins, thread clippers, screwdriver, iron, ironing board, hand needle, basting thread, threads for the serger, hand-stitching and sewing machine, a nap, snacks, and chai tea latte.  

Happy Sewing!  


  1. Your Mom is so lucky that you are generous with your sewing time! I'm sure she will love this dress too and the color is so pretty!

    1. Thanks Carolyn, I'm lucky to have my Mom in my life, she's a wonderful woman even though I joke that she's sneaky. She's not and I love sewing for her. She is so thankful to have these since it is impossible to find something RTW that fits and doesn't needed alterations. When you're under five feet and don't fit in RTW sizes, it is tough shopping for clothes.


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