Friday, April 10, 2009

Not a Standard Easter Dress...

Today is my first of 10 days off from work! No big plans, DH has to work today and Easter Sunday, and will all the family out of town, we'll just be hanging around the house, playing. Should make for a great break!I spied this dress in a catalog that came in the mail, Body Central. The styles are far too young for me, and after purchasing a cute t-shirt (safe, right?), I learned that their sizing is ridiculous. The medium (misses) t-shirt is now worn by Little Miss Princess as a nightshirt (she's 5!), but she could wear it as t-shirt (it's not that long). Just look at the length of this dress, and you'll know I could never just order this dress and wear it. So, what's girl to do? Dig in the pattern drawer, and make one that fits!

I've got 2 Simplicity Project Runway patterns that should be perfect: 2923 and 2927. Most of the dress is very, very similar to 2923, I've circled the best one below. (Oops! The catalog shows a notched collar, try that one again...)
I'll need to extend the button placket all the way to the hem, and add the pocket and seams from 2927, as shown below.
I'll have to draft my own breast pockets, belt and loops, but I'm pretty sure I can handle that! On second thought, I might not extend that button placket all the way down. I seem to remember having a dress with that feature that bugged me everytime I sat down and the placket pulled open a little. Maybe it was ill-fitting... I really like the line extending to the hem, I think it might make for an optical illusion of lengthening (and slimming???) my body.

Ideas and feedback here, please... there's time for input! The denim is washed (I picked up 2 cuts to do the Jalie Jeans Sew Along and make a pair for DD, so there's 2 yards for me, too!) and I have some errands to run before I can even cut the paper pattern with the rotary cutter. I'm going to make sure I've got all the denim supplies I need (buttons and thread), I think this will be my Easter project...

9 comments:

Salinda said...

Happy Easter!

I can't wait to see what you create. Good luck.

I hope you get lots of YOU-sewing done over your break. I'm off to make a BG's Easter dress now. Nothing like the last minute!

Julia said...

I kind of like the seam curving to the sides. Either way would look good though. You don't need slimming tricks! Have fun with this one.

Cindy said...

I like the dress. I am not at home by my Burda mag. but there is a similiar pattern in a recent month. I believe, Dawn made it...maybe the Feb. issue (?). But...the patterns you have selected would work too! I love the pockets. Good luck.

BeeBee said...

A "cheating" way to do the front is to actually extend the front all the way to the hem but, when doing your top stitching sew it shut as far as you want (can help with "tummy gap" when you sit down, too). So it looks open but isn't. You can even leave it unstitched from the last button down. Do all the buttonholes and put the buttons on. I would actually open the BH's so they look "used", maybe actually run the button thru them a few times before closing up the front.

Michelle L. said...

I think that dress will be adorable in denim. You could totally enhance those great curving princess seams by doing flat fell seams and a contrast color thread.

gwensews said...

I love knocking off a garment. It's just the biggest thrill! One of the best things about sewing is being to make it your way. Have fun working on this dress. Looking foward to your rendition.

Bunny said...

You've picked great patterns for your knockoff. Back in the day "coat dresses" were the rage and with my wide hipbones the always split open when I sat. Then I started doing BeeBee's idea of sewing it shut as described. I know you will work this out beautifully. Enjoy your down time and "me sewing."

Gail said...

My daughter thinks this dress is totally cool. Can't wait to see the finished product.

Bonnie D. said...

I saw this dress and really loved it, too. Except for the length! LOL. Can't wait to see what you come up with. The patterns you chose should be perfect!