If boys had uteruses, they would be called duderuses.

I’ve been whinging for awhile about my lack of mojo for all thingy crafty, haven’t I? Well, luckily I got a Joann’s flyer chock-full of coupons a couple of weeks ago and decided to buy some patterns and some fabric with my graduation money. I bought 5 patterns, but the one I started with is Simplicity 1878 from the Lisette Line- the Diplomat Dress. I made a short-sleeved version with a length between views B and C.

So- here’s my issue (and please tell me if I’m just being totally mental.) I looked at the outside of the pattern envelope, and there were a certain set of measurements per size listed. On the INSIDE, however, on the actual pattern, there was a TOTALLY DIFFERENT set. So, for size ten, one measurement said it was 38-ish inches, with 3 or 4 inches of ease. I read that as “38 inches +4 inches = 42 inches” . This proved not to be the case, as I discovered to my displeasure when I was sewing up the dress. Question- was this unnecessarily confusing, or am I just completely mental? I found the differences very hard to understand.

As I’d cut a straight size 10 (which I should’ve known would be too small, considering that’s what a someone I follow on Pattern Review cut if I remember correctly, and she looks TINY- not naming her in case she doesn’t want people knowing her size). Rather than throw an epic fit, which is my wont, I simply added a 4 inch strip to each side of the dress, going from the outer edge of the sleeve to the bottom of the dress. Voila, the dress fit! Woot! There were a few more seams, obvs, so the garment is a little “busier” than it would otherwise have been, but I don’t mind.

005It was freaking BRIGHT outside! Thanks to the Hubs for playing Mario Testino for me. I found this cotton sateen as I was trolling the clearance section (50% off red tag, woot!) and I just snapped up three yards of it. Good thing too, since I needed to add those lengthy strips!

011Superwoman pose, wooot! I’m really, really, really happy with this dress. It’s SO comfortable, and I think it’s really cute.

009I was even able to omit the zip in the back (HOLLER) since I added in the strips on the sides. YESSSSSS.

010Here you can see where I added the strips to the sides- I don’t think it looks so bad, and since it means the dress fits, I will TAKE IT. The only “issue” (and it isn’t one, really.) is that sometimes if I lift my arms up, the dress hikes up a little bit over my bumper and hangs out there. This is ridiculous, since my butt is FLAT. Or is it? Have those stairs on my walks/runs everyday finally been giving me a butt with some kind of shape? I’ll check and let you know.

I made this dress over a couple of days whilst my Hubs was fixing his brakes (at his parents’ house, since they have a garage and tools, and we do not. Ugh, apartment living!) My MIL kindly gifted me with this sexy beast. ZOMG.

003MY VERY OWN SERGER, Y’ALLS! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK! It’s her old one- she’s got a Pfaff that she uses now, so she’s letting me have/borrow (not sure, but don’t care!) her Riccar R734. I almost lost bladder control. I hugged it immediately. I’ve never serged before this dress, and now I want to serge everything in sight. (I actually used her Pfaff for this dress, but am using Rickie on another. Her name is Rickie.)

012Tidy insides, yay! I’m still working on the confidence to get up-close-and-personal with my actual seam line, but for now, I’m just pleased to have fancy, clean edges.

You see the dark line near the top of the center seam? Yeah, I forgot to put the foot down. Whoops.

015013I also forgot to finish the bottom of the neck facing- meh. I haven’t done the inside of the sleeves yet- not sure what to do there. I’m afraid that if I zip it through the serger, it’ll get bunched up and cut the dress and I’ll be MUY UPSET. So I may just pink the edges at some point.

I’m going to try this Pattern Review Template (with some additions of my own) to help me remember bits and pieces about doing this dress. Copied and pasted from PR:

Pattern Description:
Diplomat Dress- shift style

Pattern Sizing:
I cut a 10- should NOT have done that. Need a 14.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Sure did, except for the strips on the sides.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, thankfully. I liked that it pointed out specific times to finish the seams- otherwise I never know when to do it!

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Not too mentally taxing, lots of fun to wear!

Fabric Used:
cotton sateen

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
4 inch strips down the side to make it fit; length is between the B and C lengths.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Absolutely to both! I’ve already started another version!

New Techniques Learned/Attempted:

  • Understitching
  • Serging
  • Using facings
  • Thinking outside the box
  • Keeping my temper

Epic Meltdowns: ZERO!!! Mark it on the calendars, people.