Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Simplicity 1382 Dress - version 2

Pattern: Simplicity 1382
Fabric: 'Baby the Stars Shine Bright' by Tamara Kate for Michael Miller
Size made: 8 1/2

She has had a lot of fun wearing my first version of this dress and the fit was still really good. I wanted to make another version in after seeing Rebecca's beautiful Geranium Tunic made from the same fabric.
It took me a while to track the fabric down, everywhere seemed to be out of stock but eventually I got lucky. I expected it to be navy if I am honest, I was a little surprised when it turned out to be purple. However, Boo pounced on it immediately! "It's perfect! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!"

I made this back in February but due to camera malfunctions and poor light, I only just managed to get the shots I wanted. The hemline seems to have crept up past her knees already - hmmm she must have gotten taller.

So the difference with this version is the back. The first one had a heart-shaped cut out whereas this one has a crossover back. Still with that peekaboo look which makes it a little bit special.

I did much better with my invisible zip this time. The last one curls in at the top when it is fully drawn up. This time I positioned it better so the hard plastic top of the zipper wasn't included in the edge and it zips up nice and smooth. I couldn't figure out where I had gone wrong previously, but that must be it.

I did intend to make this the cap sleeved version. It was only when I was finished sewing the facings on and was giving the armholes a pressing, that I realised I had missed putting them on. Ooops! They were staring at me the whole time from the back of my sewing table.
Ahhh well.....

For those interested in the insides, here is a shot of the bodice. The facings are nice and deep and all sewn into the side seams so they sit beautifully and don't flap about. The waistband also has a facing and so all raw edges are sealed inside making it nice to wear.

Now, I must crack on with that sleeved version.....


  1. This version looks really good too. The dress fits Boo like a glove and is beautifully made. Very pretty!

  2. Hi, I'm trying to make this dress too but got stuck! I'm confused with the instructions on how to stitch the skirt to the waistband without showing and stitches! Can you please advise?


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