Sunday, September 12, 2010

Effortless

Simplicity 3775
Sometimes great projects just happen.  No crazy hunting for the perfect fabric.  No long and involved fine details.  Just a pretty fabric that you grabbed a while ago, and a simple pattern to showcase it.
Pattern:  This is an oldie, but goodie.  I think it was a very popular pattern last year (or the year before), and I've made it up before.  That's what brought me here to this project now.  I tried on the "1st Version" to wear out, and it fit great, but the v-neck made me really self-concious.  Remembering that the pattern had a regular scoop-neck option, I dug it out along with some knits that I had in the stash.  I made View A with the waistband ties and the longer version of the skirt.

Fabric:  I settled on this ITY from Joann's that I picked up in the spring from the Red Tag shelf.  It has a wonderful silky feel, and the print has some lovely shades of mauve, burgundy, and brown.  Perfect for fall!  I used every inch I had (not sure how much I started with), but the pattern calls for 2 3/8 yds.
Alterations:  None to the sizing and none to the pattern.  I even followed the directions, for once!

Notions:  No zipper, not even interfacing! Love this pattern...  just needed thread to match.  Constructing knit garments with a serger really is nice, but I can't really list a sewing machine as a notion, can I?  I used the coverstitch on the hem of the sleeves, too.  "Honey... but I need these machines..." ;)

Skill Level: Beginner!  Just a tiny bit of gathering under the bust line, but that's it.  The waist ties are just 2 tubes wrapped over each other, super duper easy! Part of the reason I also picked this pattern to work on this week.  The first week back to school is a rough one (always), so I needed something to sew that would be easy and stress reducing!  I did a little bit each day, and it was very easy to put down and pick up and day later without confusion.
Warnings:  If you've never worked with knits, you'll need the right needle (stretch) and a zig-zag.  Other than that, this is a wonderful pattern and you can use it year-round with all the sleeve and neckline variations.

Future Plans: This is now a TNT pattern for me, I'll reach for again.  It's comfortable and easy to make, so that makes it a win-win. Not necessarily the case for our Detroit Lions... boy, were they robbed today!

25 comments:

Marybeth said...

Great dress! You look so pretty!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

You do look calm and well put together on a fall afternoon! Lovely print on a lovely dress!

lazystitching said...

Oh, I love patterns like that. Looks fab with the boots too!

marysews said...

Awesome dress, and I love red, too!

Capitol Sew and Sew said...

look how darn SKINNY you are!!!!! YOU LOOK GREAT!!!! Oh and the dress is great tooooooo - but d*mn you look great!

Capitol Sew and Sew said...

look how darn SKINNY you are!!!!! YOU LOOK GREAT!!!! Oh and the dress is great tooooooo - but d*mn you look great!

Faye Lewis said...

You did a wonderful job on that dress. Love the print.

KID, MD said...

It looks great!! I love this pattern, too. So quick and easy. My little princess is looking over my shoulder and chanting, "pretty!" so you have her approval, too! :)

Big in Japan said...

Wow! A swell dress and no alterations, no interfacing, no apparent ISSUES! Cheers!!

Gail said...

Great dress. I love the fabric and the twist waist band is very flattering.

Lori said...

Very pretty dress and you look wonderful in your new dress.

beangirl said...

Wonderful! Wow, if it was me, I'd be making about five of these in different colors.

meredithp said...

Looks great! Need to make that one. At least I already have that pattern.

gwensews said...

What a super little dress. That would be a good TNT pattern for you.

Angela said...

Great fall dress! You look stunning in it!

Amanda S. said...

It's really pretty! I love the fabric - very fall looking indeed. Did you ever try a cami under the first dress? I found the one I made with the v neckline a little low too but wear it with a cami underneath and it's fine.

Bunny said...

GReat dress and it looks fabulous on you. Doesn't a shot of color make you feel good?

a little sewing on the side said...

That is one cute dress. Especially for being a quick & easy sew.

Robin said...

It looks great! Love the fall-ish pics outside too. This one is one of my TNTs. I need to change the neckline on the V-neck to provide more coverage as well as shorten the shoulder-bust area as it was below my chest by about 1", but now that I'm doing more pattern adjustment, I feel comfortable doing that. Yours looks perfect though!

Summerset said...

Love it - I've made two for my daughter so far! What is so weird is that I cut out another one of these for my daughter on Sunday out of some Joann's ITY!! Your print is prettier than ours, and you look great!

Trudy Callan said...

Love your dress. It's gorgeous. I found you through Summerset. She mentioned you on her blog post. I'm signing up as a follower and putting you on my blog roll.

Trudy
www.sewingwithtrudy.blogspot.com

Liz in Ypsilanti said...

LOVE the dress!! I'll have to track down that pattern. Hubby was ticked off about the Lions' game as well.

Vicki said...

So feminine and pretty. Very nice.

Kim said...

So cute! I made this pattern for the first time this summer and loved it. It's definitely on the short list again for winter in the long sleeved version.

amber said...

This totally has me excited to make my own version of this dress. Love the print, love the styling - such a winner!