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keeping busy on a Sunday afternoon

July 26, 2009

I made a dress today. My first dress! It turned out pretty good. The pattern is Simplicity 3875 (otherwise referred to as the Duro Junior.) I didn’t make the more traditional Duro view; I made the v-neck with the crossover banding.

Here’s what I learned:

  • My pattern was the wrong size, so I had to fudge a little on sizing it up to my measurements. This was actually pretty successful. I probably can take the shoulders back down a size, but otherwise, my alterations were pretty spot on. Except…
  • The back-neck-to-waist measurement was two inches longer than on me, so I shortened the bodice by two inches. Because it’s an empire waist, though, two inches was too many. I should have shortened the bodice by 1 inch — maybe even only by half an inch — and taken the other inch or inch and a half off of the skirt front.
  • The sleeves on this dress — the C pattern — are just not great. I don’t think it has anything to do with my construction or my alterations; they just aren’t good sleeves. The big problem is that I can’t lift my arms up at all. Next time I’ll make the B dress, which doesn’t have a set-in sleeve and thus should avoid that problem.
  • This fabric, while a little heavy for the pattern, actually worked out quite well. It’s got a nice sheen to it, and it really sewed up beautifully. Given that it’s actually a home dec fabric, I am pretty happy with it.

Simplicity 3875

Back view, Simplicity 3875

Bodice/sleeve closeup

Categories: crafty, just me
  1. Mariel
    July 27, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    I love this! It’s so pretty; daisies are my favorite flowers. This almost makes me want to sew, or to at least figure out where my mom stashed her sewing machine.

  2. Jean
    July 30, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Very pretty!

  3. August 2, 2009 at 2:49 am

    As a child of the generation where home ec is not required, I cannot imagine ever making something like this!

    I am beyond impressed.

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