The “Hot in the City” Dress
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?