Simplicity #9746 : pattern envelope
Last summer i was bitten by the dress bug. I have no idea why, but suddenly i very badly wanted a sundress. Possibly it had something to do with our stuck-in-the-60s summer suddenly spiking into the 80s for a week.
Back in the early ’90s, my Gma made me 2 dresses from Simplicity #9746 — a long dress with long sleeves and a short sleeveless dress. It turned out that i had the pattern in my pattern stash, but somehow in all of the time i spent shipping things from PA out to Seattle i had failed to pack the dresses. My mother kindly complied with shoving the sundress into a Priority Mail envelope and sending it out to me.
Simplicity #9746 : blue-white flowered dress
I was shocked to discover that the dress was far too big for me. I have no idea why Gma and i thought it was a good idea to cut out a size 10. I still like the dress (tho’ i’m not sure about the fabric design — i wonder if i can dye it?), so i might see if i can take it somewhere to have it altered to fit me better.
When Andy and i were on vacation in Oregon last august, i hit up a couple of local fabric stores and engaged in a little stash enhancing. I wound up with 3 fabrics that i intended to use to make sundresses out of this pattern. Then one of my local Seattle stores had a big fabric sale on Labor Day and i wound up getting even more stash.
And, y’know? I still haven’t made a single sundress. I made 1 mock-up and the fit was difficult. I think what i’m going to have to do 1st is get the existing blue-flowered sundress altered to fit me better before i plunge forward with making any sundresses out of this stashed fabric.
Well. As i say in footnote #2 down below, the longer something sits around, the more i start to second-guess it. Apparently, not only is this true of fabric, it’s also true of patterns. I have developed something of a wandering eye for a pretty dress pattern. Earlier this year the Cool Cottons blog mentioned the store’s crepe dress class. One look at Colette’s Crepe dress pattern (Colette #1013) and i was smitten. Then the ever-fabulous Sparkymonster pointed out Gertie’s Crepe sew-along and i realized that with so much useful advice staring me in the face i’d absolutely have to try making the Crepe dress at least once.
Now i have 2 big problems:
1) Which pattern do i try 1st?
2) Which fabric do i pair with which pattern? One of the things i dislike about the Simplicity sundress is the way the princess seams dictate several narrow panels that chop up a pattern, makeing the whole thing look a little kaleidoscopic. One of the things i like about the Crepe dress is the way you can pair a contrasting belt.
6 fabrics, 2 dress patterns
I think i like the 2 on the bottom for the Simplicity — something about their whimsy says “sundress” to me:
fabric: numbers, birds (Click to see on separate page.)
I think the 2 in the middle will work better for the Crepe because i see them with contrasting belts (The brick red fabric on the right, by the way, is populated by wee tiny little owls. Squeeeeee!!!!):
fabric: cream w/ black swirls, brick w/ adorable wee tiny owls (Click to see on separate page.)
I’m really not sure which pattern to use for these 2. The fabric on the left is a really luscious cranberry with almost a tie-dye variation in the coloring that’s deucedly hard to photograph:
fabric: variegated cranberry, grey & black (Click to see on separate page.)
Do feel free to leave comments on the separate pages for these fabric pairings, if’n you got opinions.