As Summer Begins to Fade Dress - Based on Simplicity Pattern #2147

I posted the Giraffe belt to this post a few days ago, but since hubby returned (and has since left) to put his eye behind the shutter, I can now share with you, the As Summer Begins to Fade Dress.  I was super excited to take pictures at this old, what we think it is, pump house.  On the way to our church, down a little country road sits this overgrown and unkept little hut with concrete stairs, a rickety plywood door and beautiful foliage.  What an awesome place! 

Now... to the dress. This dress is one of my new favorites!  Although I would consider myself a decent seamstress, I can tell that my ease and skill improve with each piece I make.  (Maybe I will be ready for Project Runway one day soon... NOT!)

For the review, Simplicity Pattern #2147, Version B:

Fabric: Shell/Upper Lining: Cotton Quilting Solid in Eggplant from, **gasp** WalMart! - 2yds/45" wide, Skirt Lining Fabric from JoAnn's in Light Pink.

Notions: Thread. SIMPLE! (Although pattern calls for bias tape, which I did not use... see below.)

Time to Complete: 1.5 hrs.

Machines Used: Sewing machine and Serger.  Used the Blind Hem foot on my sewing machine for the hem on the main skirt.

Alterations Made to the Pattern:  I took one look at the directions and didn't like what I saw!  Although I am normally a big fan of bias tape, I had just finished making the most horribly color coordinated Collette Sorbetto top (super cute pattern, but I must have lost my mind when I picked out the fabric and bias tape combination - hideous!) and had enough of bias tape!  The fabric was also very flimsy and quite see through.  I ended up lining the top and the bottom of the dress for movement and for comfort. 

Additionally, I chose a 2" rolled hem instead of the directed 1" hem - I feel it added weight to the bottom of the dress and made it lay more flat than it otherwise would have.

Yeah/Nay: Absolutely!  Hubby liked this dress quite a bit and that's cause alone for me to make it again!  I am looking forward to making the pattern in a navy babywale corduroy that I have for the fall with 3/4 sleeves and a turtleneck underneath!

Happy Sewing!


Susan said...

Very cute!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous the colour and the shoes are to die for! Where did you purchase them?

Tiffany Staples said...

Thanks so much Susan! It was fun to sew.

Tiffany Staples said...

Oh my goodness! I love those shoes too! They were a Saks 5th Ave splurge! (Made by Saks about 2 years ago)

EvyLu said...

Very Cute! really love the color..