Hello Friends! I hope everyone had a great Christmas and quality time with loved ones. With family visiting from interstate, the spare/sewing room has become the guest room and I don’t have the space (or time) to sew. Luckily, I finished this dress before Christmas.
This pattern, Simplicity 1607, has always caught my eye since I had bought it a few years ago. The straps really intrigued me. There are options to have both front and back straps, or with a scoop neck at the front and straps at the back. I’ve decided to make it up this year.
- Pattern: Simplicity 1607, a Cynthia Rowley design. I made View A.
- Size made: H5 with Sizes 6-14 (US) included. I made size 6.
- Pattern pieces: 8 pieces for view A.
- Fabric used:
- Dress fabric: Cotton Sateen in floral dusty rose [97% cotton, 3% spandex, 127cm width, 2m length, made in China, bought from Spotlight a few years ago].
- Lining fabric: Bemsilk Lining – Blush [100% acetate, 122cm width, 0.4m length, made in China, bought from Spotlight].
- New Techniques used: Constructing cross-over straps and threading through each other before sewing closed, separate to the bodice.
- The bodice was a little tight on me so I made the seam allowances 1.5cm less on the side with the zip.
- Graded seams at the waistband
- Reduced cup size along front princess seams
- Adjusted the straps retrospectively,by unpicking and angling the straps and re-sewed them back together
Okay, I’ll have to admit that at times during the construction I did not fully enjoy the process. Sometimes it is a little frustrating and/or boring to have to unpick, go back, re-orientate, trial and error, and spending much more time than expected to complete some of the more complex steps. But it’s all part of the experience and learning and sewing journey, I guess. Overall, I enjoyed making this dress – but it may be the rose-tinted glasses of hindsight speaking!
Thank you for everyone who visited, liked, commented on my posts on this blog or my instagram, messaged me, inspired me and interacted with me in the past year. I am truly grateful. Here’s to an even more awesome year – 2020 here we come!