Sunday, 7 June 2015

Another go at Simplicity 2442

The last couple of months have been defined by repeating patterns. I have been known to repeat but not as frequently as I currently am. Given my lack of time and energy, I've been turning to patterns that are easy to make and only need a few tweaks. Today I have my second version of Simplicity 2442 to share. 

Simplicity 2442

I love my first version but sadly it isn't suitable for the office. As I'm still struggling for clothes I can wear in a warm office during the summer, I decided to make another version. To make this suitable, I raised the neckline by 1.5cm. The fit is good, it less revealing and I'm much more comfortable wearing it without a slip or cami underneath the bodice. I think I need to raise it a smidge more for me to be fully comfortable and this is something I'll bear in mind if I make a third. 

Simplicity 2442

Style wise, I left out the gathers at the waist. This is mainly because I squeezed the dress out of 2m. I also felt it would be more flattering in black. The fabric is a viscose from The Cheap Shop in Essex. It was easy to sew with although it frayed a lot. The bodice is lined in a black poly lining from my stash. I didn't have enough to line the skirt so I'm relying on a half slip to maintain my dignity - the viscose is a little sheer. I chose a lapped zip rather than an invisible one. Lapped zips are quickly becoming my favourite zip insertion - they look so clean and neat. 

Simplicity 2442

I've worn this dress twice since completion, and both on warm days. The dress is surprisingly cool, very comfortable and feels flattering even after a 14 hour work day. Win! I'm sure that with tights and a cardi, I will be able to wear this dress all year round. Double win! I think this pattern may just become a TNT and it is a great feeling that I'm developing a shortlist of trusted patterns. 

Simplicity 2442

The repeats continue as I'll be sharing another soon from a different pattern I've recently finished stitching. Do you find repeat makes boring or inspiring? 

18 comments:

  1. Wonderful dress! The sweetheart neckline is so cute :)

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    1. Thanks. The neckline is one of my favourite features of this pattern.

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  2. I like repeating makes. Let's face it, fitting and making muslins is pretty dull and remaking avoids it. This is lovely - gorgepus print!

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    1. Very true about muslins - especially when multiple ones are needed.

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  5. This is really lovely! That viscose print is perfect for a summer dress, and I'm glad you'll be able to wear it to the office. Checking the "work appropriate" box is a major criterion for almost anything I sew, with a few fun exceptions. And yes, I repeat patterns all the time. No shame!! :)

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    1. Thanks, Carolyn. Making office appropriate wear is also high on my list - after all we spend a lot of time there and we might as well wear our handmade items.

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  6. This is gorgeous! What a great, versatile dress, and the neckline is just lovely. I'm all for a TNT pattern - no fitting (hooray!), easy to put together because you know what you're doing, and there is always the option for a few design tweaks. I also love that the shop you got the fabric from is called The Cheap Shop. That's brilliant!

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    1. I love the neckline and this is one of the features that keeps pulling me back. I'll have to plot another design tweak if I make a third...

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  7. It's lovely Clare, I really like how it looks and drapes and the fabric you have chosen is very pretty. The Cheap Shop is my local fabric shop!

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    1. Thanks, Teresa. I've only visited the shop once when we were visiting family. It is a good shop and I remember it has so many cottons. I couldn't resist this print when I spotted it.

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  8. It's a lovely dress Claire, and I definitely think the colours will mean you can wear it when it's colder too. Much as I'm often tempted by new patterns when they're released, I also love repeating TNT patterns - it's always nice to know what you're doing and be fairly sure you're going to like the finished garment!

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    1. Thanks, Ruth. I agree with being fairly sure about the finish and loved just being able to get on and make this dress with the tracing, toile etc!

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  9. I definitively find them inspiring and I'm always astonished how different the same pattern looks in different fabrics. So go for it :) Your dress looks absolutely lovely and having had a look at the pattern envelope I wouldn't have thought you can make an every day dress from this pattern. Just gorgeous! Do you have any tutorial recommendations for that zip? I've only used invisible ones so far and have to put a lapped one in my wedding dress. Silk and chiffon - I'm scared.

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  10. Great dress. I think using a pattern repeatedly is fun and means you can see how different fabrics, pattern adjustments and fabric prints can change the look and feel of a garment. :)

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