This dress was made with Simplicity 2444 - a Project Runway pattern that's become a favorite of many sewing bloggers, including the famous Roisin of Sew Dolly Clackett. BTW, embarassing moment - I totally thought her name was pronounced like the dried fruit "raisin" but with an "o" sound. Turns out, it is pronounced "Ro-sheen" - much prettier :) Derp! Thanks Ashley for setting me straight there ;)
The fabric is "Adorable Retro Bow Print Cotton Fabric by Ascher" from Gertie's Etsy Shop. Adorable indeed - bows and ribbons with polka dots, I mean come on. It has been in my stash since last summer, waiting for the perfect pattern inspiration to come along. I decided to pair it with this classic fit and flare shape dress and let the print take center stage. I love the darts, pleats, and little cap sleeves!
So I have to pause for a minute with the dress details to tell you about my bracelet :) Did you know that I occasionally work at a boutique that sells handmade goods? Pretty perfect for a sewing type, although I admit, I can get pretty critical of sewn items that have been finished poorly - such a snob! Lol! Anyways, this bracelet is from the boutique and was supplied through an amazing company called 31 BITS. From their website:
And even more awesome, their name 31 BITS comes from Proverbs 31, one of my favorite Bible passages, where it describes a woman of noble character who works hard to love and provide for her family! How cool! The bracelet I'm wearing is called Mermaid Lagoon. Keep reading for a 31 BITS GIVEAWAY!31 Bits is a socially minded jewelry company with a new spin on business. Not only isthis jewelry fashion-forward and made from recycled paper, it's empowering women inUganda to rise above poverty! 31 Bits has taken a holistic approach to development,providing each beneﬁciary with a sustainable monthly income as well as educationprograms enabling each woman to start her own business in Uganda. Every 31 Bitspurchase impacts a life!
Okay, back to the dress! Here are the details:
Pattern: Simplicity 2444
Fabric: Ascher Bow Print - Mint - Cotton Poplin (no longer available) // Posh Lining in White
Notions: Invisible Zipper - White
Sizing / Alterations: 12, graded to 14 at waist / hips // Pinched out about 1" at center of front bodice piece so it wouldn't gape like my first version - worked wonderfully :)
Construction Notes: Inside is fully lined, except sleeves - serged sleeve seam allowance to lining edge at armhole to finish. The hem of the lining is embarrassing - don't machine hem a slippery fabric in a hurry, if you can help it! Unfortunately I had a wedding shower to go to, and only three minutes, so..... not that any of you have ever done something like that ;)
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