Simplicity 3503 – summer dress

Simplicity 3503 - Front This is the last dress that I made for my summer holidays (and I cannot believe that it is nearly christmas now). Once again, this pattern was issued in the magazine Meine Nähmode (02/2011) and I wanted to sew it for a long time. This time I chose size 36 and of course, I had to shorten the paper pattern first. As it is for knit fabrics, it was easy to sew (no zipper and in case it might be to tight, there is some stretch). Well, apart from the little issues one has when using only the sewing machine as I do not own a serger. And I lined the skirt (which is not part of the instructions). This dress is so comfortable and I loved wearing it during the holidays. But next time I will use some twill tape or something similar at certain positions. After some wearing and washing, the dress has stretched a bit and now I need to wear a top underneath. Luckily I have a nice one with lace. Otherwise I would risk unwanted insights ;)

And do you recognize the fabric? It is the same as for the shirt. I made the dress first (and posted last :() and from the leftover, I planned to make the shirt. Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough so I needed to go back to the shop and buy some more. I just loved the print so much. Sadly to say, the quality is not the best which I realized after several washing. I still hope to wear the dress and the shirt at least for two more summers.
Simplicity 3503 - Back

Weekly Photo Challenge: Gone, but not forgotten

Gone, but not forgotten (2)
Gone, but not forgotten (1)
This little bridge (mostly for pedestrians) over a highway, located at Heidelberg, got destroyed by an accident exactly the same month I left Heidelberg. And it was quite near to the place I lived, not more than 5 minutes on foot. For me, it was a strange coincidence as it reminded me of the phrase “to burn one’s bridges behind one”. Well, at least I did not and so I will never forget the years I lived in Heidelberg, the city where I lived for the first time on my own after moving out from my parents’ home.

And here you can find are other thoughts on the Weekly Photo Challenge.

Beach Dress – Simplicity 2939

I made it again. This is such a quick and simple dress – so I even made two of them for the summer holidays. The only thing I changed this time was to lower the back to have less fabric there. It is summer, so why cover the whole back ;).
Simplicity 2939 Summer Dress no.2Simplicity 2939 Summer Dress no.1The lace I used on the outside of the purple dress was the leftover from hemming the blue dress. I sewed the lace to the hem and then hand-sewed it. I really like this way of finishing a dress and I do it quite often (so did I with the last two dresses shown).

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And I always cut the upper part twice to have some kind of lining. With this kind of dress, I prefer lining rather than facing as it is quite easy and looks so much nicer.

I wore these dresses every day when we went to the beach – and that’s also why I made two. So I was able to change every day from one dress to the other ;)

Simplicity New Look 6749

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I’ve sewn Simplicity New Look 6749 before, but with a different type of the upper bodice (View D). This time I decided to give View B a try as it would work perfectly with the fabric I had in mind. Luckily, this dress is available in my size (I got this pattern from the magazine “Meine Nähmode 02/2013″). Again, I made the back 2 cm smaller and I shortened the dress about 6cm already on my copy of the pattern and it still is loooong enough. And I had to shorten the straps also quite a lot even though I already shortened the pattern copy. Sometimes it makes quite a difference being almost 20 cm shorter than the average woman according to the pattern designer/companies ;).

As I made this type of dress already once, I finished quickly though working with the slippery fabric was often a challenge. But it was totally worth it. I finished it shortly before my beach holidays and it was a perfect dress for dinner at the hotel. Unfortunately, now it is too cold to wear it…
Simplicity New Look 6749-1