the sew weekly “outdoors”: the “dinner with the senator” dress

The Facts:

Fabric: printed cotton from Mood
Pattern: Simplicity 1803
Year: 2012
Notions: ribbon, bias binding, zipper
Time to Complete: 4 hours
First Worn: july 19, 2012
Wear Again: pretty sure…
Total Price: ~$30
Challenge Theme:  “the great outdoors”

i originally planned a totally loopy riff on the “digital representation” of the great outdoors or some crap like that because i was feeling clever about using an oversized, interpolated motif of roses as my fabric for “the great outdoors” challenge.

but, you know, then i realized how stupid that would sound, and anyway i was sort of running out of steam on the dress because i was feeling tired and lazy and wasn’t sure how to prod myself to finish it until i realized that i had a dinner engagement, thursday night, and an extra-long afternoon on wednesday, and now i had an excuse and impetus to just finish the heck up. thursday, after many cancellations and reschedulings, i have finally gotten my dad out for an evening with some friends, including some lawyers we often do business with and one of our local state senators.  there will be food, and wine (the senator is a snob on both counts) and several hours of laughter and fun, something my dad and i are both in dire need of.  i thought a dress to celebrate the occasion was spot-on.

i was going along quite merrily on this number, having re-traced the armscye princess lines into something that would actually fit me, when i realized (mid-construction–and biy mid-construction i mean after i was hemming it) that i had forgotten to re-fit the back bodice as well as forgotten to adjust the yoke accordingly.


so i opened it all back up.  i increased the CB seam to 1.25″, folded out a small dart under each arm, and unbound the armscyes so that i could shift the yoke ever-so-slightly downward.  seriously, less than 1/4″.  but as susan khalje always reminds me, “couture is about perfecting that last 1/4 inch.”

as is so often the case, it was worth it to suck it up and fix it up.  a dress that was seriously “meh” now fits properly and comfortably…which means i can actually wear it.

Pattern Description:
Misses’ & miss petite dress with bodice variations (i.e., “peek-a-boob”) and tie belt.

Pattern Sizing:
4-20.  i cut a 10-12.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
yes, the technical drawings are excellent and accurate.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
as is usual with the PR patterns, the instructions jump around a lot depending on which variation you are doing.  usually, i don’t even notice, but this time it felt irksome.  so mostly i ignored the instructions.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
i guess it’s not for everyone, but i loved the “peek a boob”.  it’s a style i’d never tried before and i was excited to have a go.

Fabric Used:
printed cotton from Mood Fabrics.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
i re-drafted the armscye princess seams in front to match my sloper, in addition to a few other fitting tweaks that ended up being necessary.  even after i re-drafted the front, i needed to pull in a little bit under the arms and a fair bit out of the CB.  next time, i’ll remember to double-check the ease and use my back sloper.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
well i’m thrilled to have an interested and fitted armscye princess bodice.  i am not sure i would specifically make this dress again quite yet, but i’ll definitely be keeping the pattern handy.

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3 Responses to the sew weekly “outdoors”: the “dinner with the senator” dress

  1. Clio says:

    I’m glad to see someone else take the plunge into Peek-a-boob awesomesauceness! Ha!

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