I’ve always enjoyed sewing my own clothes and since I wear a lot of skirts and dresses, I love being able to sew them for myself. You can pick your own fabric and tailor it just so.
For my March Minerva Blogger project, I picked the Simplicity 1754 pattern. The classic dress design immediately caught my attention.
I decided to go with pattern option A, which has clean lines and a classic shape. And my version is sleeveless, since I love to throw a little cardigan over my dresses because my office tends to get a little drafty no matter what time of year it is.
One little organizing tip for sewing is that I like to set aside one night during the week to cut up any patterns that I know I want to work on.
Then, when that window of opportunity opens up for a little sewing time – everything is ready to go!
This dress came together quickly. I spent maybe 45 minutes cutting and prepping the pattern. Sewing the dress took about three or so hours. I’m always excited to start and finish a project in just an evening. Especially when it’s something I can wear the very next day!
This dress has some lovely tailored features to it but it wasn’t complicated.
Because the fabric I chose was a little slippery to work with, I did a lot of pinning to hold everything in place.
I gave the dress a little boost to the neutral pattern by adding the surprise of a bright orange zipper. The pattern calls for a hidden zipper, so it’s just a cute little addition for the garment’s owner. I thought it was kinda funky.
While this comes together easily, I really love some of the tailored features of this dress. The pattern makes them a little harder to appreciate in the photos but they are there. I particularly love the pleating on the front and back of this dress. I will definitely make this dress again and use a solid cotton. It will make a wonderful summer dress. And a fabric with a satiny finish would really class this up for an evening out!