Finished Object: Simplicity 2444

DSCN5974 (3) In the past, I had issues when I first created this dress. My problems and solutions to those problems can be found in this past post. Despite the problems, I still really liked the dress and it is one of my most worn dresses in my closet. Therefore, I thought it was about time to recreate another Simplicity 2444.

The fabric was bought and cut over a year ago, but it sat in my stash just waiting to be sewn. So this past Saturday, I made it my business to finish this dress. I am so happy that I did! šŸ˜€ I made the same adjustments that I made to the previous dress by letting out the side seam allowance to 1/4” and not bringing in the back pleats/darts in as much. The fit is exactly how I like it.

The fabric used is actually this corduroy that I found at Joann’s. I bought it with the intention of it being a staple autumn/winter dress. Of course, I plan on wearing it other times of the year. In fact, I just wore it this past Sunday. šŸ˜‰ I really enjoyed working with corduroy and want to make another dress in corduroy and a pair of pedal pushers in red corduroy. The fabric has a nice volume/substance and it presses so well.

The pleats turned out alright and I know I could have done a better job. However, that is such a minor thing compare to the overall dress.

I just purchased a new Simplicity 2444 and want to sew it up 2 sizes. Because I cut out a size 4, that ended my chance of sewing a larger size. With this new pattern, I hope to avoid having to make those adjustments. Also, it was on sale for only $5!

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Me Made May 2017

Today marks the end of Me Made May 2017 and I am happy that I stuck it through. Last year, I didn’t make it to the end. If you would like details about the knit patterns they can be found at my Ravelry page HERE. I also blogged about some of the knitted garments. Also, all of my sewn garments were also blogged.

My goal–which is going to be very hard–is to sew more dresses. To take the steps to achieve this goal I am joining the OAL2017. I am going to try to sew 2 dresses this year. One dress will be more for Spring (though to be honest, I’m sure I’ll rock it in the fall/winter) and the other dress will be more Autumn. I’ll go into further details about my plans for the Outfit Along in a later post.

Well, that concludes my Me Made May 2017 and it really inspired me to pull out the sewing machine. IMG_20170531_144208_622

Finished: Simplicity 2444

Remember my frustration with this dress. Well, it is all over and done. Ā And now I have a staple dress that I simply love!

This is Simplicity 2444 and it can be a really quick project if you don’t have the hiccups that I experienced with it. Pretty much, this pattern runs small. I am a 32” bust and the Size 4 has a finished 32.5” bust. Well, initially it was too small and I could not close it in the back.

I made the following changes to it:

  1. I took out the side seams and stitched with a 1/4” seam allowance instead of the 5/8”
  2. I did not bring in the back pleats as much.

And that fixed the dress! I now can move about comfortably in the dress.

The fabric was purchased at the thrift store about a year ago for $2. I had about 3 yards so I did the version of the dress that required the least amount of fabric. I really am not sure what type of fiber it is. Initially, I thought a type of polyester blend. Now, I think it may be cotton. I’m not sure but, I love the moveability of the fabric the comfort of it.

While I was working on this dress, no one liked the fabric. My family is not big into plaid. I may be one of the few. However, this morning when my Dad saw me he was like, Ā It looks so good. I didn’t think the plaid would look right. It’s nice now that I see it.Ā 

So, check out the pics.

IMG_0604[1] IMG_0599[1] IMG_0601[1]Extra Thoughts: I have packed my sewing machine away and maybe I’ll get to sewing something while in school. As a going away present, one of my co-workers from Ghana, Africa has given me some authentic African fabric. It is so gorgeousĀ and I can’t wait to make a dress from it. It is about 3 yards and I am thinking of using this pattern with my personal adjustments for it.

My Love/Hate Relationship with Sewing

Just when I think I kinda have the hang of this sewing thing then, I realize that I don’t. Let’s talk aboutĀ Simplicity 2444. I really debated between making a Size 4 or a Size 6. Well, I went with the 4. HUGE MISTAKE. The thing runs really small. I went with the size 4 because I wanted a fitted bust with no gaping. My bust is a 32” and the size 4 is 32.5” when finished. Now the dress itself is beautiful and I adore the darts and how it brings everything in at the waist. But, in the end, it just doesn’t fit :/

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Sorry about the crappy photo but, I just wanted to show you a pic of the dress so far. It looks fine in the picture but, I am actually attempting to hold it closed in the back.Ā 

After I finished my side seams, I tried on the dress and it is too small. I will play with letting out the seams and maybe some of the darts. I have also been debating adding a fabric panel to the back. I just don’t know. Of course, I stayed up until 2:00 am fiddling with it. And I knew I needed to go to bed but, the mistake just kept niggling at my mind.

I really enjoy how sewing allows for you to have a wonderful finished object suited to your likes but, I get super annoyed with the fit issues. Maybe it’ll come in time.

Also, how annoying is it to work on something for hours on end and then have to rip back all that work?!?! Argh!!!! Ok, I’m finished with my gripe.

Oh yeah, I don’t know if I want to toss this crap of a dress, buy another 2444, and try again in a different size. Or just work with what I have because I loathe giving up on projects. AnotherĀ thing is, I love this plaid fabric and I found it at the thrift store so, I will need to search for a similar print if I were to attempt it again.

Was this project a waste of time and materials? Right now, I’m not sure and will have to find out.

WIP: Hetty (red) and Simplicity 2444

I am officially done with the OAL2014. I have finished both dresses and both cardigans for the dresses. It was fun and it put a spark in me to sew more things. I really tried to resist sewing more projects because I have less than a month to move out of my apartment. Well, I lost that battle.

I have noticed a lack in my wardrobe of a red cardigan. I did recently make a red bolero but, boleros don’t fit as seamlessly into your wardrobe as cardigans do. Originally, I had planned to make Armande in red however, I scrapped this idea. (I want to make Armande in a vivid blue.) My pink Hetty is one of my most worn cardigans. I really like the lace work and the fit. My favorite cardigans are cropped (but, not too cropped) with a high neck. So, I decided to make another Hetty in the brightest red I could find. In comes Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Red. It’s perfect.

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Currently, I am still working on the back and I have been fitting in knit time whenever I can.

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Let’s talk about the dress. First off, I love plaid. And I found this plaid fabric at the thrift store about a year ago for about $2. I’m guessing that it is at least 3 yards, which I figure is enough for a dress. I haven’t actually measured the amount yet. I believe the fabric is polyester so, I do not plan on lining it. This will save me some time also. I chose this Simplicity 2444 pattern because it looks super simple especially compared to my Simplicity 1803. I do not plan on trying to match the lines. I am going to just cut the fabric and go with whatever it does.

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To this day, I do not understand Simplicity’s pattern sizing. So, I am going to continue to follow LLADYBIRD‘s advice about sizing. My bust is 32” and the finished bust size for Size 4 is 32.5”. So, I plan on making a Size 4. Hopefully, this will work out well enough.

This pattern gives you the option of adding little details and elements. It’s another Project Runway edition. However, I don’t know exactly how much fabric or time I have so, I am going with the most minimal version. I don’t plan on adding the fancy cape collar, sleeves, or tie belt. I just want a simple sleeveless dress with pockets of course.

I haven’t really started cutting the fabric yet because I’ve been at church the previous 2 nights (and tonight also) for Revival Service. I plan on squeezing in time wherever I find it because next week we have Vacation Bible School for 3 nights also.

It’s kinda funny that I am making these projects simultaneously. So, it is kinda like I’m adding a third outfit to the OAL2014. But, I don’t want to confine myself to that time period because who knows when this will be done. So, it’ll get done when it gets done.

Extra Thoughts: I know I haven’t shown the finished Marvel outfit yet but, I haven’t worn the dress with the cardigan yet. I did wear the dress this past Saturday and I wore the cardigan this past Monday. I planned on getting some pictures done this week but, there has been no time for a photo session. So, as soon as I can I’ll do a blog post about that dress and cardigan.