The Hundred Dresses: Day 15

Brand new pattern! This is Simplicity 4003 — another half-size pattern, or as I like to call them, squishy-middle patterns (they’re bigger in the waist than non-half-size patterns):

Simplicity 4003

I was drawn to this pattern by the simple-looking skirt and the nice collar, but I had absolutely no intention of making that welt chest pocket. (Let’s just get that out of the way up front.)

Simplicity 4003 city print

It has a little bit of a 1940s vibe all made up that it doesn’t have on the pattern envelope, doesn’t it?

I really liked this fabric, too, as an abstract cityscape. The buttons are nothing special, although the buttonholes turned out pretty well:

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Here’s the collar, which has a decent roll to it:

Simplicity 4003 city print

Side zip, much improved, I think you’ll find:

Simplicity 4003 city print

And back view:

Simplicity 4003 city print

And sleeve. Sigh. The sleeve caps did NOT want to go in flat. Despite much basting and pressing and easing and cursing, this was the best I could do:

Simplicity 4003 city print

I’m definitely going to make this dress again; it’s really comfortable and sews up well in quilting cotton (which is what this is). I’ll probably add just a bit more fullness to the skirt (by the lazy expedient of adding an inch or two at the front gathers, unless someone has a better, less slapdash idea?) and spend more time on those blasted sleeve caps …

Editorial query: do people want me to post sources for the mouseover text on the pictures (when it’s not just straight-up jokes)? Almost everything is searchable with Your Favorite Search Engine, but would it be helpful to include them here, or would it ruin the fun (such as it is)?

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16 thoughts on “The Hundred Dresses: Day 15

  1. I’ve made approximately one million shirtwaist dresses, and my sleeves *always* have a bit of visible gather at the top. I think this is partly because I set them in flat (I know, I know) and partly because I just don’t have the patience for easing and steaming and fiddling. And, you know, not once has somebody turned up a nose at the sleeve placement on one of my dresses, so I’m not going to worry about it. Actually, the print you’ve used here is so busy, I don’t think any of us would have noticed if you hadn’t pointed it out to us.

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  2. The sleeve caps add to the 40s vibe. that is a very cool dress.

    It’s more of a test if you don’t tell. I fail most of the time. Shows up my philistine status. I don’t mind that.

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  3. Great fabric! And I rather like searching for the things I don’t know of in the mouseovers – I see it as a little education vacation in the internet.

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  4. To add light to London population, [the mouseovers], in the late 1500’s to early 1600’s, Cahokia in what is now Illinois, had a native American population of over 60,000 people—twice the size of London at the time.

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  5. Great dress! It looks both 40s and modern with the print you used. I think the plain buttons are just right – anything else would probably get lost in the pattern.

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  6. Love your site and your column in the Wall Street Journal. I am enjoying “100 Hundred Dresses”, but wonder why all of them have a side zipper. When I began sewing in the late 50’s, I made a few dresses with side zippers, but most of the dresses I have made have back zippers, which I prefer. I would think that this dress with a front opening wouldn’t need any zipper. Do most of the vintage patterns call for side zippers?

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    • Yep, most of the vintage patterns I use call for side zips; I like them better because I have a dodgy shoulder that sometimes acts up, making it harder for me to zip up a back zipper without a lot of unseemly grabbing and grunting. 🙂 I also like things very fitted in the waist, which means I need a zipper if it’s going to go on over my head …

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  7. I didn’t realize there was mouse over text so I’m glad you brought it up. I enjoyed it. Adds a special vibe to the dress. I’ll now think of this as the population dress.

    Enjoying this feature a lot. Makes me want to sew a dress or twenty.

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  8. The skirt of the dress appears fuller on the pattern envelope than than your sewn version which I think is what gives it that ’40’s look over the ’50’s look. I like the ’40’s version better. The ’50’s style somehow looks more like mom doing the housework in high heels and pearls whereas the ’40’s is more woman in the workforce. Loving the 100 dresses reveal!

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  9. And I love reading your mouseovers. It adds another twist and makes me think. I agree with Cindy as to investigating more on our own. Great way to squeeze a little lateral thinking and side learning into the day.

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  10. keep the mouseovers, keep sewing and keep posting them–I always laugh and learn something or another–two of my favorite things

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