Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Week of the Wardrobe Challenge: Final Piece Simplicity 1755

As the week has been moving on, I have been feeling the itch to sew something new.  Ideas are fermenting.  It doesn't help that I picked up Burda's May issue, I indulge every once in awhile as it is all of 30 hryvnia or $1.50.  But I must finish my posts for the Wardrobe Challenge on Pattern Review.  Many collections have been posted, you can see my stiff competition here.  So let's get to it, as I need to make my collages!  My final piece in my wardrobe is Simplicity 1755 a shirt dress designed by Leanne Marshall (of Project Runway fame).  It's got some interesting features such as raglan sleeves and no buttons.  Might as well take a look!
I used a cotton print I picked up over Christmas in Kansas.  I made a size 14 with a half in full bust adjustment, and no other alterations to the pattern.  I didn't bother to use the skirt pattern as it was a gathered skirt.  The seams are either french seams or turned under and sewn.
As I only had three yards of fabric, I didn't bother with print matching.  But I don't think it's noticeable, nor could I have figured out where to match it.  What you cannot see back there is the invisible zipper.  It took me a couple of tries, as it kept on wanting to shift, but it might be my best insertion yet!
The pattern calls for a tie belt, but I opted to make a fabric covered belt.  I have two widths of belting, one or two inch.  The belt buckle, though, called for an inch and a half.  What's a girl to do?  I cut the two inch belting to one and half inches and called it a day.  It goes well with the jeans too.  Here it is with my jacket.
There isn't really much to say about this dress, there wasn't anything special about the construction.  It came together super quickly and easily.  It will be a great dress for this summer, as it's light and breezy, without looking unprofessional.  Anyway, I am off to put together my collages for the big finale.  I need a name for my collection, any suggestions?  Until tomorrow, happy sewing!


  1. I love your dress!!! You've been doing an amazing job!

  2. I love your dress!!! You've been doing an amazing job!