April 19, 2012

Simplicity 1872

My sister-in-law asked me to make her a bridesmaids dress for her friend's wedding.
It's a garden wedding, so she wanted something casual and picked Simplicity 1872.

She bought me a whole bunch of different fabrics when she last visited mainland,(chiffon, satin, lining, etc) in the wedding color, which is nude.
I was so happy to see so much fabrics... but the thing is, when she picked this pattern, none of the fabrics were enough length!
I thought she said she got 5yds of each, but it was actually all 2yds each.
Since this dress has so much layers, it uses over 4yds of fabric.
She was going to buy more fabrics, but I told her that I'll try making a practice run using 2 different colors, and see if she likes it first.
She might not even like the style.
We both agreed that mixing the two colors turned out so cute!!!

I had to do some creative cutting...
I barely got to make the sleeves, because it needs 4 pieces each.
I had to cut some off grain, and made it a lining.
It was a little off to sew them, but can't really tell in the final result.
She might still get different fabric, because this fabric might be too hot for a summer wedding.
I'm a little iffy on the sleeves too.
It's a really cute design, but just not in this fabric. It seems too thick.
I might suggest to make it a sleevless and wear a shawl.

As for sewing it..
When I first made a paper muslin, I had a hard time matching the skirt pieces together.
The skirt turns bigger than the yoke, and I ended up puckering.
I asked for any advice on the www.sewing.patternreview.com, and they gave me lots of help.
What work was to match the pieces AT THE SEAM LINE, and not the fabric edges.
Seems like such a simple, a little wierd thing to do ("Really? Aren't they the same? It's only about 1/2in different."), but it worked!

I really think this dress is cute...
I want to make one for myself, in lighter fabric, probably in sleeveless.
Maybe a top with sleeves too!


  1. Really pretty, I love the contrast layer. Weren't those sleeves fun to make?!

  2. What a gorgeous dress! I also really like the contrast layer, it looks deliberate. :) Nice job on a lovely dress!