simplicity 2248: liberty, leather and lace

more results from the friday night sew in:  simplicity 2248 in liberty of london “paper roses” from–where else?–shaukat.

this is another one of those great simplicity project runway patterns that, firstly, fit pretty much straight out of the envelope and secondly, offer a great canvas for a special fabric.  in looking at this pattern, i knew instantly that i wanted to use my newly-acquired paper roses on it–it just seemed like the right combination.

thanks to my denim and leather project, i had some leftover leather sitting around.  i wasn’t as careful as i should have been in either cutting or reading the directions, and ended up cutting out two bow pieces when i really only needed one.  (for fabric, i’d definitely cut both pieces just for the clean edges)  not only was this more wasteful of the precious leather than i needed to be, but it also adds a lot of bulk–and probably stress as well–to the side seams.  fortunately my featherweight plowed right through it.

before i get to the review, can we just pause for a moment and admire my mad piping skills on this one?

i’m also pleased with the way the extra-thick pre-made bias tape (quilt binding, i think) ended up working in place of a facing, while still complementing the piped look of the yoke:

Pattern Description:
modified princess-line dress with sleeve and back variations. also may include waist wrap or bow.

Pattern Sizing:
size 10, straight through

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
the technical drawing is definitely true to life!

Were the instructions easy to follow?
as i’ve come to expect from the simplicity PR line, the instructions are great. you just need to jump around quite a bit depending on which version you are using.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
the twist on a classic princess line with the seams releasing into tucks below the waistline, as well as the waist definition with a wrap or a bow. i also like the option of having either a back yoke or a full back.

Fabric Used:
liberty of london tana lawn “paper roses” from shaukat
leather from mood fabrics

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
none, aside from eliminating the facings and using bias binding instead.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
highly recommend and may become a TNT for the right kind of fabric.

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5 Responses to simplicity 2248: liberty, leather and lace

  1. prttynpnk says:

    I do love the project runway patterns- they do fit really well. I love this one you did- another must have pattern!

  2. Debi says:

    I LOVE this! Man you crank out the sewing garments :) Have you ever thought about joining Mena as one of the contributors for the Sew Weekly next year?

    • puu2 says:

      wow, i appreciate the compliment but you wouldn’t say that if you saw my process–by which i mean the disgustingly large pile of pre-cut-yet-still-unsewn garments that, on average, take me months to finish as i sew them a seam or two at a time :-) i’m trying to get better this year by cutting and then sewing, one at a time, but then i get restless! :-)

  3. oonaballoona says:

    huzzah for the PR line (and your mad piping skillz, mais oui.) i just bought 10 PR patterns at one of those insane joann sales, i adore them– and your dress is fabulous!

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