Teal Dream - Simplicity 2443 take 2

Thursday, 17 November 2011

As soon as I saw this fabulous teal ponte knit in Tessuti I knew I was going to make another Simplicity 2443.  This fabric is just a dream to sew with and wear - I really noticed a difference between the cheaper stuff from Spotlight and this lovely fabric.

My favourite parts are the pockets and the the racer back.  Unfortunately my sports bra isn't doing me any favours (it's tighter than my regular bras, hence the back bulges).  This time around I added another inch to the bodice for a total of 2.5 extra inches of length and I think this looks better on me.  I can't remember if I added extra length to the skirt last time, I didn't this time and I've left it unhemmed because I like the current length.  I left the zipper off again too.

This dress has been sitting waiting for me to attach the straps/bands for over a week but I just lost my mojo, I finally finished it last night so that I could wear it to work today.  I'm not sure what I wore all last summer but I can't seem to find anything I want to wear.  I think my sewing productivity is about to increase!

This photo shows how I clip the bands to attach them smoothly in and around the tight curves. 

You haven't seen the last of this pattern, there's another modified version already in the pipeline.


Bernice said...

Very chic. The colour and fit are fabulous. I've never actually sewed with this fabric before. Just might have to give it a go. This looks like one of those versatile patterns that can be dressed up and dressed down and be transformed with different accessories.

Carolyn said...

Lovely, both the colour and the dress! I have this pattern too, and keep meaning to get around to that cute jacket, since I saw yours!
Don't let your height put you off Japanese patterns. I am quite tall too (5ft 9) and they've worked out fine for me.

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Rosy said...

Wonderful! Absolutely wonderful! I am sure that this dress will have a lot of wear this summer is starting for you on the other side of the world, color and pattern is perfect!

fabric epiphanies said...

Great dress and in one of my favourite colours too!

theperfectnose said...

Nice. That colour really suits you. You could use a regular bra with detachable straps and cross them at the back. Or go without.