Dresses: Day 43

This is another (I posted it earlier, ):

Despite really liking 1) this pattern and 2) green denim I’ve been a bit “meh” on this dress. Although one of the things I like about sewing with denim is how it whitens at the edges with wear:

Here’s the zip, which is really not good. I should re-do it, but I’d have to redo the seam on the other side to get the ease to fix it, and … well, it hasn’t made the top of the to-do list yet. (It hasn’t actually gotten ON the to-do list yet.)

My favorite part of this dress is the camouflage pocket linings:

I was going to make camo bias tape for the sleeve finishing as well, but, um, I didn’t.

Here’s the back view, which, in line with the rest of the kind of lick-and-a-promise I gave this dress, didn’t get settled on the dress form properly.

I can’t believe we’re this far into the the hundred dresses posts … getting close to halfway! And thanks to you all, book is doing nicely, too — some very kind reviews on  and .


Dresses: Day 21

Have you all picked up yet on the fact that I will basically make the same pattern over and over again until we both drop from exhaustion? Here is another , which needs a bit more pressing than it got:

This is in a nice slightly-heavier-than-usual shirting stripe. I had really high hopes for this fabric, and then this happened:

No matter what I tried, I just could not get those stripes to match up. I probably took it apart four or five times. I may take it apart one more time and use some fabric tape to stave off presser-foot creep, which is what I’m blaming for the mismatch. (Well, presser foot creep and my slightly off cutting out.)

The zipper is a C:

I have no idea why I had any navy bias binding at all. My guess is that I bought it in a big lot at a yard sale:

And what happened here? Your guess is as good as mine:

This is my favorite part of this dress … I really like the chevron effect:


I’m not sure where I bought this … it might have been on the remnant table at . It has that slick expensive-Italian-cotton feel. (And hey, when did Britex start ? Ooooooh! And like I NEED more places to buy fabric online … )

Dresses: Day 20

Wow, I can’t believe we’re a fifth of the way to the end …

Here is another dress from the same pattern as yesterday’s (Simplicity 5723):

(I blogged about this one , with worse pictures.)

Here’s the pocket, self-lined:

The back (Simplicity 5723 has a center back seam, which is a little bit of a pain):

The bodice/neck (I really love this fabric):

And the zipper, which is a definite C- minus on the McKean Scale of Zipper Eptness:

I generally end up wearing this dress with a cardigan (in teal, brown, or that mustardy-gold), a mustard-colored belt, and brown ballet flats.

(Today’s rollovers from , which may be my new favorite website …)

I keep forgetting to add that there are several spreads from up on “Inside the Book” at Amazon, if you’re looking for a !

Dresses: Day 19

Today’s dress is one of my favorites:

I blogged about it (there’s a picture of me in it at that post, with bonus surprise lexicographers!) It’s from this pattern, whichI really like:

Even though the finished skirt is nowhere near as full as the pattern envelope would suggest. And anyway, I put pockets in it (copying those of Simplicity 1577, natch):

I’m very happy with how the print matched at the waistline:

The zipper here is about a C+. I have come up with an invisible zipper grading scale, would you like to hear it? After the picture:

Zipper Grading System:

A zipper: can’t see it, truly invisible except for the pull, waist seam perfectly matched;

B zipper: puckering or  indication that zipper exists (besides the pull); no zipper tape visible;

C zipper: zipper tape visible;

D zipper: unwearable, must be ripped out and redone;

F zipper: makes entire dress unfixable, might as well cut the thing up for quilt squares.

Here’s the sleeve, finished with bias binding:

And the back. I’m just going to believe that I don’t look from the back what my dresses look like from the back — my dress form is very persnickety and always catches the material across the back:

Here’s a picture of the fabric scale, just because I found it in my Flickr set:


I really like this dress because: it fits well (dress form back view notwithstanding); it’s formal enough to give a talk in but comfortable enough to enjoy myself in; and also, I like that brick.jpgnk AND broken plaids. A twofer! I usually wear it with a black cardigan and penny loafers.

And in news — if you’ve already read it, would you consider leaving a review somewhere? (Maybe ?) It’s definitely one of the things that people use to decide whether they will choose Dresses over, say, .