Simplicity 1610

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Simplicity 1610

Pattern Description: Misses’ dress in knee or maxi length with fitted bodice and pleated skirt with pockets.

Pattern Sizing: I can’t really remember, but I think I cut a size 10.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Very easy!

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like that this is a Project Runway pattern because I am madly in love with Tim Gunn and secretly want him to adopt me, I like that the dress was easy to fit, I like how the pockets are hidden in the front pleats, and I love the V shape in the back. Love love love. I’m not such a fan of sewing princess seams, but they are what the pattern called for so I went with it.

Fabric Used: Woven cotton.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: None that I can remember. I pretty much just stuck to the pattern design.

Would you sew it again? Yes, I want to make the maxi halter version! I have finally come around to maxi dresses and need to attempt making one. I haven’t yet come around to halter tops, however… so maybe I’ll leave this project to next summer.

Would you recommend it to others? Totally.

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Doesn’t this dress just scream FOR THE LOVE OF GOD TAKE ME TO A SUMMER GARDEN PARTY? That’s totally the emotion I was trying to channel into this dress when I made it. Complete success, right?

Where the summer garden parties at, anyway? I don’t believe I’ve attended a single garden party all season. There have been patio luncheons, beach affairs, and picnic festivities, but not a single garden party.

This may have something to do with the fact that everyone I know lives in a high-rise, so I have decided to open my social circle to any suitable aspirants who both a) have a garden, and b) like to get their garden party on.

In the meantime, I plan on wearing this dress on every remaining sunny day because it’s just too pretty not to. I’m really happy with the way it turned out and the fit is excellent, but it is just a pinch Bo Peep. Maybe I’m just not used to flared skirts.

Regardless, this is a great basic pattern, and one that would be super easy to modify and make other garments out of. Although I’m perfectly content to keep making this same dress over and over because I like it so very much.

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Reversible Infinity Scarf Tutorial

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Take a good look, people. Those are indeed my armpits. Also featured in the above photograph is my most recent creation, a reversible infinity scarf!

Scarves are most definitely a year-round appurtenance. My summer neckwear selection seemed a little scant, so I picked up some quilting fabric from The Make Den, a super awesome sewing studio in the west end where I attended Sewing Garments Camp back in June! In fact, I spent my week at sewing camp admiring the beautiful fabric selection at The Make Den, and finally picked up a half yard of my two favourites on the last day.

As it turns out, half a yard of fabric isn’t really enough to make anything even semi-wearable. I kind of knew this at the time, but I let the unduly frugal part of my anima take over during the transaction, and ended up with enough fabric to make my envisioned infinity scarf only if I cut four small pieces of fabric, instead of two large pieces, and sewed an extra seam up the side.

No problem! The result was actually better than my original plan – instead of having a scarf with one pattern on the outside and another on the inside, each side is reversible, which displays nicely because both patterns can be seen equally from each side.

This reversible infinity scarf pattern will take about an hour to make, beginning to end. You know when you buy a Simplicity pattern and it says it will only take an hour, and six hours later all you have is half a semi-lined bodice and your apartment looks like a Malaysian garment factory?

Not this time. This tutorial will take an actual hour to complete, as in sixty minutes, and should result in minimal frustration. Here we go!

Materials:

  • 1/2 yard each of fabric A and B
  • Needle and thread

Cut two 11″ x 26″ rectangles of each fabric (four rectangles total).

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With right sides together, sew each fabric A piece to a fabric B piece along one of the short edges. You will now have two long fabric rectangles.

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With right sides together, sew the two pieces together along each long edge, leaving the short edges open. You will now have one continuous tube of fabric.

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Pin the two short edges together, matching upper and lower seams. Sew in a continuous circle, leaving a 2″ gap. Pull the entire scarf through the gap and press. Slip stitch the gap closed.

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