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Made By A Fabricista: A Pretty Dress Perfect for Spring Time

Hi Guys!  Not sure where you currently are in the world, but I hope spring has finally sprung wherever you are.  It’s time to tackle that spring sewing list and make all the pretty dresses you can.  I figured I would jump right in and start on my spring sewing with this adorable dress I made.

I decided I would start off with Simplicity 9329.  What is there not to love about this dress?!  I mean, if you don’t like a dramatic sleeve, then I guess this dress isn’t for you.  I love a good dramatic sleeve, so this dress was right up my alley.   Besides the dramatic sleeves, there are two length options and you can choose to add the back tie or not.  Almost forgot to mention that the back is open and it also has pockets.  

I have a few confessions to make.  Originally I made a size 18 and the bodice fit well but the waist was a little tight so I made a size 20 instead.  What I really should have done was grade the pattern at the waist for a better fit.  Honestly, I wasn’t sure how to do that with princess seams so I didn’t.  Don’t be me. Lol I still love this dress.  What I love the most is how the dress comes together and all the little details.  Here are some photos of the sleeve.  I have never made a garment with pleats and elastic in the sleeve.  It’s just so good!! I also love the binding on the sleeve hem. 



Now let’s get into this fabric!  I was intentionally looking for fabric for this pattern and I came across this.  It’s called Royal Brown/White 100% Cotton Large Single Border Overlapping Dots Print Sateen and it’s still available.  This fabric is a stretch sateen and has just a little sheen to it.  Are you ready for another confession?  The fabric placement wasn’t really what I was going for.  What I really had in mind was to make the entire dress in polka dots and have the solid brown at the bottom of the skirt hem or vice versa.  That didn’t really work out because of the print layout and the direction of the grain.  I’m still in love with my dress although it didn’t really come out how I envisioned it.

I say all of this to say that sometimes things don’t go as planned, but that’s alright.  Just keep moving forward and either try again or just love what you make and the outcome. Lol  I may make this dress again in the future out of a solid color and I might grade the waist size this time.  The back of this dress is open in a V shape and I would close that up next time.  This pattern comes together very easily and there is also a tutorial for it online. If this is your style then I would definitely give it a try.  Also, if it’s not your style, you can always modify the patter to your liking.  This is why we sew, right?

Until next time,

JOHANNA @soveryjo 






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You can find similar fabrics by shopping the following categories: COTTON & SATEEN.

Comments

  1. It's beautifull AND you look elegante un It. I hace a secret todo. O love this fábrica since the first Time I saw It. On friday I bought It. I want to make a pant with the brown border only AND a blouse with dots. Perhaps when the fábric arrives I Will have to make some changes.

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    1. That's awesome! You must have purchased the rest of the fabric because when I wrote the blog post, it was still available. It's gone now. Hope you enjoy it! YEs, you might have t change your idea based on the grainline. Good luck!

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  2. Excuse me. Muy corrector Is un spanish, Maybe my
    comment was difficult to understand

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  3. I love brown and white for a warm weather dress! A front wrap, gathered sleeves, and full pleats make this a very pretty style. The solid brown with the brown dots is an eye-vatching combination. You look very pretty in this dress!

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  4. I think you did a very good job of overcoming the challenges of the pattern and the single border print of the fabric. Even though you didn't plan to make it this way, it looks great on you. Nice job !

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