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Gingham and Daisies

I’m a long-time lurker on this site and I never thought I’d be a contributor! I’ve been trying to improve my sewing skills for the last year or so and I finally have something that I’m ready to share. I made a fifties-inspired version of Simplicity 2444, which I’m sure you’ve all seen five trillion times since it seems to be a very popular pattern. I used a very cheap synthetic with a textured surface something like seersucker, which makes it feel very summery. Unfortunately, I didn’t realise just how synthetic this fabric was until I tried to press the bust darts and melted several large, plasticy holes in the bottom of the front bodice… woops. Since I didn’t have any more fabric, I shortened the bodice pieces, cutting away the melted areas, and inserted some vintage lace tape I bought from a jumble sale for an absolute steal. I haven’t backed the tape, and I haven’t decided if I will or not. The amount of skin shown through those tiny holes isn’t really an issue!

I raised the shoulder line and shortened the skirt pieces considerably to fit better on me, a short girl who likes her skirts even shorter.

About the author: Zanna, 22, from London.

{ 6 comments… add one }
  • Sandra August 12, 2012, 7:14 pm

    What an excellent and creative solution! I may start putting in lace at the waistline on purpose!

  • Yasmine August 12, 2012, 10:40 pm

    Brilliant save! and a very cute dress. Thanks for sharing.

  • punkmik August 13, 2012, 1:54 am

    i love the lace! such a cute and great detail!

  • ZannaF August 13, 2012, 9:29 am

    Thank you so much for the encouraging comments! I’m excited to start posting here more regularly!

  • EmSewCrazy August 13, 2012, 12:45 pm

    Great save and what a cute dress!

  • Dellis August 13, 2012, 1:46 pm

    So glad you didn’t give up on this – it’s very cute and you’re going to enjoy it tremendously.
    Welcome to our wonderful retro sewing world!

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