The Hundred Dresses: Day 67

by Erin on August 8, 2013

This is a modern pattern, Simplicity 2180. (You might remember my rant about the trouble I had trying to buy it as a downloadable pattern.)

I did eventually buy the pattern (in a regular store) and make it, like so:
black roses Simplicity 2180 front

It’s fabric I bought about ten yards of (at $1/yard) down in LA years and years ago. I really like it, because I don’t REALLY like it, if that makes sense. It’s great fabric for making trial versions out of, because I am happy to wear the end result but not depressed if I have to wad the whole thing up and throw it away. (I should have bought 20 yards …)

I was slightly overambitious with this first trial version. You can read the original blog post about it here.
black roses Simplicity 2180  bodice

 

I do love the lines of this pattern, although I didn’t realize the top part of the bodice would be so stand-offy from the neck:

black roses Simplicity 2180 piping

Here’s the side zip:
black roses Simplicity 2180  side zip

And a closer view so you can see I still have basting thread I haven’t pulled out:
black roses Simplicity 2180 side zip closer

 

And the back piping, which I’m not happy with at all, but which is usually hidden under a cardigan, anyway.

black roses Simplicity 2180 back piping

 

Here’s the full back view:

black roses Simplicity 2180 back

 

I did make the dress one more time (just to be SURE) but on the whole I’m a bit “meh” about it. The skirt isn’t quite as full as I like (for full range of movement) and I ended up not liking the neckline as much as I thought I would. Oh well, live and learn. Maybe I need to make it one more time to be ABSOLUTELY sure. In pink gingham?

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Judy August 8, 2013 at 11:04 pm

Surely you can adjust the neckline as you want it and increase the fullness of the skirt if you wish. You could leave off the piping and do the neck in a contrasting color. And with color blocking all the rage, you could do both neck and waist in contrast. I like it!

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peppermintpenguin August 12, 2013 at 1:17 pm

but if you didn’t like it would you cry over the pink gingham?

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