Sunday 3 March 2013

Simplicity 2146

It's a Sunday double-bill! 

This is my latest creation, and the beginning of my attempt to build my honeymoon wardrobe - did I tell you that we are going to NYC and Hawaii in less than FOUR WEEKS time? I can't wait to get away, not just from my busy and stressful work at the moment but also from the grey weather here - In fact, I had been waiting for a sunny day to photograph this dress, but that day just never came, as yet!

I used Simplicity 2146, yet another Project Runway pattern. I love it! Its simple princess lines are so elegant, and it was such a quick project to make. All in all it took me less than a day, which I am pretty happy about. 

 A few firsts for me: 

  1. Working with a linen blend - it's a linen and viscose blend (55%/45% I think) that I bought from the remnant bin from Decorative Cloth for about £5 during one of my trips to Leamington! Although I would too often skip the preshrinking step, I decided to wash and press this fabric first as linen is famous for its bad behaviour. It was a dream to work with - no complaints whatsoever! It is prone to creasing during wear, but I think this is somewhat mitigated by the viscose in the fabric. 
  2. Lapped zipper - This is my first lapped zipper! It was easy enough to make, thanks to the Dressmaker's Technique Bible. I can proudly say that I have now done 4 types of zippers - centred dress zipper, invisible, handpicked and lapped :D
  3. Vent - This was also straight forward, but I am pleased to have ticked another thing off my learning list. 
Overall I found the pattern very easy to make, and it has a great basic design, as well as a number of interesting optional details. I only made 3 minor changes:

  1. Petite adjustment on the bodice, and also shortening the skirt by a rather lot (as well as having a very wide hem)
  2. I finished the neckline and armholes with a thin, contrasting bias tape
  3. Instead of the hook and eye, I added a button and bias tape button loop at the top of the zipper. 

I am happy with the result! I'm planning on wearing this on its own:

... and teamed with this jacket, the colour of which complements the bias tape detail on the dress:


  1. This is so pretty! I love the dress and the color. Then paired with the purple jacket! SO nice.

  2. Perfect little dress.. All cute details look wonderful..l.

  3. Very beautiful outfit, alone and together!

  4. What a cute spring dress! Lovely colors.

    1. Thank you Jennifer - I'm really looking forward to wearing it in the sun :D

  5. So cute! I love this!

  6. I'm glad you like it :) Can't wait to wear it in Hawaii!

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