Hot! 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.



Devra is a New York-based photographer and sewer who tries to find time to do her day job in between bouts of crazed sewing.


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  1. I used to work at Mood and I absolutely LOVED this print in the store! It’s classic and modern. Lovely!

  2. Wow, that is gorgeous fabric and the dress as you say worth it make a perfect fit.

  3. Very interesting print! And nice dress

  4. Fit can be so tricky! Glad you were able to fix the dress and make it work for you!

  5. Pretty dress…love the rose fabric. You really made the pattern work for you with your precise adjustments because it looks fabulous on you. Is that your cat’s tail in the picture and a skunk on the wall? Good rep of the great outdoors…;)

  6. This is a really pretty dress. Love the fabric and it looks really nice with the sewing pattern you chose.

  7. Very cute! Well done working out the fit.