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Simplicity 3673

By on October 3, 2011

As part of my Fall Essentials Sew-Along plan, I sewed two versions of Simplicity 3673, a reissue from an original 1950’s pattern. My first version is made from toasty warm red corduroy – perfect for the frosty Canadian fall and winter. The bodice is lined in a mini black and white houndstooth I had in my stash.

I made View B for both versions, eliminating certain details from each. As the corduroy is heavy, I did not include the under bust band in this version. I like the gathers at the bodice and the almost sculpted look at the waist from all the darts. Sewing eight darts in total was a bit of a pain (I hate sewing darts), but the effect is totally worth it!

I used Casey’s tutorial for my lapped zipper. This really is my favourite way to insert zippers – so straightforward and tidy! This is a warm, cozy, and feminine dress that is already on its way to becoming a wardrobe staple.

My second version of this dress is a bit more of a sewing victory for me. I made this one from knit fleece that I found in my stash. If you’ve read my blog, you’ll know about my great dislike of sewing knits. However, with a bit of perseverance, I found comfortable way to make it work. Yippee!

This dress is soft and warm and I feel like I’m wearing pajamas! I eliminated the darts from this version as there is more than enough stretch to give the fit I was looking for. I did include the under bust band as I like the detail it adds. Now that the weather has finally decided to turn cooler – gosh, I love fall! – I can finally wear this! The dress is perfect for popping on to run errands or for lounging around.

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Simplicity 5408

By on February 22, 2011

I’ve finally finished my first item for Colette Patterns’ Spring Palette Challenge: Simplicity 5408


I’m really pleased with how it turned out; the fit and colour are terrific. I know it will be on high rotation during spring and summer.

I love the little bit of complimentary fabric peeking out from the pleat.


The dress also fits in with my Hepburn Hepburn and Lifetime Wardrobe projects, as well as the Sewing Through the Decades Challenge.

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