Simplicity 1804 | Sew-a-bration of Womanhood
I should start by telling you that Simplicity 1804 kicked my ass once. It was a long time ago, when I first started sewing again. I was taught to draft patterns by draping on a dress form; so I was barely learning to read a commercial pattern. To quote my original post on this pattern; the fabric I had used was “woven deep within the pits of hell.”
Looking back, I’m a little embarrassed I had so much trouble. It’s a fairly simple pattern. I still have a bunch of that fabric I used before; and I’d like to break it out and see if it was woven off grain; as I claimed at the time…or if my inexperience with knit fabrics was the culprit. I’m betting on the latter. Anyways, despite the constipated grimace in the photo above, I’m very pleased to have come back for round II and redeemed myself.
I bought this Riley Blake cotton jersey knit from Fabric.com. (Thanks to the super awesome gift card I got for my birthday last month!) I can’t tell you how much I love it. It’s really lightweight, without the sheerness and rolling of most jersey knits. There’s a 75% four way stretch. It’s lovely, and I’m hooked.
My original plan was another strapless maxi dress. I love the fabric so much though, that I greedily wanted to save a yard for a t-shirt or tank. Maybe the Lacy Slope Tank from Greenstyle? I almost wish I went with the maxi, because I feel like it’s less of a dress and more of a swimsuit cover. It’s so comfy though! I’ve been wearing it a ton around the house, and I think it looks great paired with a cardigan. And that tank is gonna be awesome.
I haven’t yet made a completely perfect women’s wear garment; although this dress is my best attempt so far. The drape is supposed to have a twist in the center. The twist wouldn’t stay centered; even when I tacked it down. I tried a bow type center like my Scirocco Dress; and it was just wrong. So I took the bow out and went without the twist.
I’m still unhappy with how the drape sits across the bust. If I pull it down, the seam shows which is awkward. If I pull it up, it’s this halfway on my boob malfunction going on.
Also, I think I have a swayback. See how it’s a little bunchy in the small of my back? And the back hem is a little lower too. For this dress; It doesn’t bother me enough to mess with. But I bet I’ll have issues with wovens in the future…
I just love the way the fabric looks on the back bodice. I’ve done lots of shirring and elastic gathers, but in buttery soft knit the texture just looks neat. When I took these photos, I hadn’t washed it yet. It’s even prettier now.
I like how some of these pictures turned out. The photos where I was in between posing are much better than the ones where I was trying to look cool. I’ve been following the Sew-a-bration of Womanhood all month and it’s been amazing. The sewing community online is awesome. So in honor of all that, I’m not going to make (that much) fun of myself in this post.
I just have to say this one thing. It feels really ridiculous trying to pose like a model with your mom as the photographer. I was going to wear some cute wedges and stuff. Then I realized I was taking pictures in front of a barn with sidewalk chalk drawings under my feet; and I got over it. Flip flops are just fine, I don’t wear wedges to hang out in my backyard. Like Scary from Shaffer Sisters told me;”Just be you. Everyone else is taken!” Ha!!