There’s snow on the ground today but we had a few nice days over the weekend. I finally was able to wear my Simplicity 8608 wrap dress I made last month. Perfect springtime/ Easter dress. I made version A- a short faux wrap dress with elastic waist, removable sash, pockets and lots of ruffles!
Was it easy to make? The dress was easy to make overall- hemming all if the ruffles was probably the most time consuming part!
Pattern Adjustments? I added an inch to the length of the skirt. I wish I had enough fabric to add maybe 2 more inches. It’s a little short for me but definitely wearable.
Fit? I made the size 8. The wrap part on the bodice is a little big for me. I wonder if I should have made the size 6 or somehow adjusted the pattern. I think adding a snap will help a lot.
Fabric choice? I absolutely love this fabric I bought from Jo Ann’s. I knew I needed to get it at soon as I saw it! The flowers and colors are so pretty. I believe it’s rayon. It worked beautifully with all of the ruffles.
Anything to watch out for? When you attach the ruffle pieces, you need to do a gathering stitch along the unfinished edge. BUT you barely need to gather to fit! Don’t bunch it all up like I did only to realize I had to basically undo it all.
Would you make it again? Probably! I’m curious about the romper or jumpsuit versions.
Can you tell I’m ready for Valentines Day?! Today I’m sharing this jumper that I made. I found a cut of this red corduroy as I was passing by the remnant table at my local fabric store. I knew immediately it needed to be a skirt or jumper. When I was browsing the Simplicity website on a Black Friday, I found this pattern in the sale section for only $5. I had planned on making this for Christmas and even had all the pieces cut out. I never found the time though and just sewed this together last week!
The top is lined and features a deep V. The skirt is a circle skirt cut on the bias so it flares out nicely. The pattern includes pockets but I didn’t have enough fabric and I didn’t think it needed them. I also switched the zipper to an invisible one instead of a lapped. The pattern included a longer version of this (I added a couple inches to the tunic version), a top, a jacket and a pair of pants as well. I haven’t decided if I’ll try any of the other patterns included but I definitely feel like I got my moneys worth!
I am very happy with how this turned out! Sometimes a pattern just works, you know? Everything lined up and stitched nicely. I think the fit is great, too! I recently bought a new petite dress form and I definitely think that helped. My old one was just too big for my measurements. I put it on my dress form several times throughout my sewing to make sure everything was going to fit.
I’m wearing a pin I made from a vintage valentine and some printable Shrinky Dink paper. I have two different designs and I just love them! I made them a few years ago and I always wear them throughout February. I am so glad January is over and I am looking forward to spring now. Here’s hoping that groundhog doesn’t see his shadow 😉
I went to Melicks farm in Oldwick to pick some sunflowers… but they were all dead or picked when I got there so wildflowers had to do!
I’m so happy with how this dress turned out! The fit is perfect and the little button tabs on the sides are such a cute detail. I’ll definitely be using this pattern again.
I made it in a cotton gingham so it will be nice in the summertime but I can also layer it with tights and a cardigan in the cooler months.
Has anyone else made this dress? What do you think?
Here’s a peek at this dress I finished today. I’ve had it cut out on my sewing table for nearly a month and finally sat down the other night to start on it. I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out and I am hoping to wear it tomorrow! More photos to come.