In the attempt to expand Hawaiian pieces in my closet, I paired Simplicity 2105 pattern with this amazing fabric I found at Joann’s for 5$ a yard on sale!
This dress calls for a whopping 5 yards of fabric. I made this dress in white brocade fabric for Christmas. I cut all 4 skirt panels, which were impossible to sew unto the bodice. Each skirt panel is 35 inches in length (size 18). So, as you can imagine 140 inches of fabric sewn unto a 30 inch waist is quite bulky. This time I only sewed 2 panels. If you don’t wear a petticoat, it will be fine. However, if you like the shape of a stiff underskirt — I think I would recommend 3 panels. 2 panels of skirt plus the bodice called for 3 yards of fabric.
The dress itself was so easy to sew. I put it together in about 3 hours (cutting time included).
Walking with my 11 month old! This was the best picture I had of the back!
More of this dress on my Blog
On a resent trip to Japan I went a little crazy with fabric buying. As I do a lot of sewing for other people my lovely husband made me promise him that I would make something for myself as my first project when we returned home. Below is the result. This is the first time I have make this style for myself. I drafted the pattern for a friend but it looked so good on her I decided I needed my own version. Apart from fitting changes I made the sleeves longer with a turned up cuff. Although it’s summer down here in Australia it’s been quiet cool so I thought a longer sleeve would work well!