Hot! The “ok, I like you after all’ dress

The Facts
Fabric: From my stash, a sort of georgette, I think & black sateen
Pattern: Simplicity 2209 Lisette
Year: 2011
Notions: 40cm zip, thread, bias tape
Time to complete: about 8 hours (I sit and ponder a lot)
First worn: for the photo
Wear again? Yes, I think I like it after all
Total price: ~$15

After some serious uhming and ahhing over which Make this Look to made, I eventually settled on mainly because I knew I had some fabric that would work. While I didn’t have the suggested pattern I looked through my pattern stash and came up with the Lisette pattern which I felt had a similar shape.

And then the fun started. I decided that a linger bodice and a FBA was necessary and so I hacked into my pattern. Big Mistake! In future when I want to make drastic changes to a pattern, I will make a copy and not destroy my actual pattern.

As my sewing method involves a lot of ‘sitting and staring into space while contemplating the whole shebang’ I take a lot longer that I should. I thought of doing a lining but time constraints suggested I just get on with it. Once I started it went together reasonably well – the zip went in beautifully and I found some cute bias tape at Spotlight (I never knew they had it) and then I tried it on – with a stretchy belt which emphasised bulgy bits – oh dear – I don’t think I like this dress.

The dress then sat on Imelda for a good part of the week before I made a sash out of black sateen and pinned it on and decided that a less constricting black band worked a lot better. This morning I threw on the dress with the sash, added a string of beads and my sun hat and a pair of black flats. My Man Andrew said – ‘Oh that looks good!’ so I thought ‘ok, I like you after all’.



Jen Brown just plain-old likes making stuff. If it's usable and wearable when complete, so much the better. A new technique or a chance to see how something worked is where the challenge lies.


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  1. Nice job Jen, glad you made it work – love that ‘staring into space’ bit. I have to take lots of coffee breaks to get me through!

  2. Turned out great in the end – the pondering was worth it!

  3. Great MTL pick. So far, those sit-and-stare moments have become mandatory parts of my sewing process. I’m glad you came around to liking your dress. I do, too.

  4. Isn’t it great what a change of accessories can do? I’m glad you warmed to your dress – it looks terrific!

  5. I too prescribe to the school of Contemplative Sewing… I’m glad you warmed up to this dress, it’s very pretty and flattering!

  6. This frock is great! Well done :D

  7. Thank you All :-)

  8. Hi Jen, I love your outfit this week! It looks great on you. I know what you mean about the thinking part, I tend to obsess with what I will make and how I will make it as well.

  9. Jen, this dress looks great

  10. Love the dress Jen. Looks great on you. I also stare into space.. alot!!