Hot! The “Hot in the City” Dress

Hot-city-promo The Facts 
Fabric: Vintage Floral Cotton – $8 for 2 1/2 yards from Alameda Antique Fair 
Pattern: Simplicity 2591 
Year: c. 2009
Time to complete: About 7 hours
First worn: July 2010
Wear again? Yes!!

Total Cost: ~$8.00

Apologies for another late posting of the Weekly Creation. I flew to New York on Tuesday evening, had business meetings all of Wednesday and then flew home this morning. Because I knew I wouldn't have the energy or effort to photograph what I was wearing on Wednesday, I cheated and took these photos over the weekend. 

This dress is another version of Simplicity 2591 (see my first version). The goal for this dress was clear: not too sundress casual, but cool enough for a hot New York day.

Simplicity 2591 is an odd bird. I've loved the two dresses I've made, but the pattern requires some fixes to weird fitting issues. I had to make another version of the dress to understand whether it was me or the pattern. For one, the armholes are just too big and even with the adjustments to their seam allowances, I found myself swimming in them. I fixed that by repeatedly stitching up the bodice sides until they fit. I also omit the back zipper because the fabric I've used has enough stretch to fit over my head. This may be partially why the arms are big, however. My philosophy in sewing is this: if I can skip inserting a zipper, I will. 

And because I don't have the instructions for this pattern, it took me a bit of time to remember exactly what to do with those tricky pockets. Oh, how I love those finished pockets, though!

I absolutely adore this fabric. This is yet another piece of fabric that didn't wow me until the sewing project was complete. When I first purchased it, it seemed clearly like a 1960s print. However, the more I look at it, I start to think it is older. The selvedge was 35 inches. Anyone have any guesses?



Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. wow you look great in it and you did a fantastic job! don’t you just love the alameda flea market! did you hear about the one in candlestick park that is happening every third sunday? i have marked my calendar for august and really want to go!

  2. So cute! The colors are lovely on you.

  3. Ooooh! I love this! I adore seeing your weekly creations!

  4. So pretty! You’re right, that fabric is just gorgeous! I’ve only recently come to realise how great red and yellow can look together.

  5. That is just darling! You look Great!

  6. Love it. It looks terrific and I love the fabric. I would guess late 50’s for the fabric.

  7. I am borderline obsessed with this dress pattern and am just about to make my third version. You can see my two other versions on my blog. I was inspired to make this by you! I’ve found that I needed to cut the pattern two sizes smaller than body measurements would suggest. So yes, there are sizing issues.

  8. love this – so smart alone, or you could always team it with a blazer for a complete ensemble. Congratulations on another winner.

  9. ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! You look gorgeous in this dress!

  10. Once again, I love it – so cute!

  11. See! Now there you go and do it again….made me want to make a 4th dress of Simplicity 2591! I have several other patterns to try, but I just love this one….I don’t have to change it in any way to fit me…it just fits! I love that fabric too!!