A Plain Dress
the pattern: Simplicity 2245 – Lisette Portfolio Dress, option A’s length and B’s sleeves
the fabric: denim chambray (maybe Robert Kaufman)
the sewing: Pockets! I was so excited when I discovered this pattern. The brilliant pocket design is so much more fun than the in-seam pockets I have tried in the past. You may notice a wee bit of white at the top of the pockets. I lined them with a great floral print that peeks out when my hands are in the pockets. The dress came together without too much confusion. Liesl Gibson (of Oliver & S, author of Little Things to Sew) knows how to write clear, concise patterns. She provides well-written directions and easy to follow illustrations. She even includes little tips that are helpful not only in her patterns, but in following most any pattern. I changed the finishing of the neckband and the bottom hem. Instead of stitching in the ditch, I chose to hand sew the interior yoke piece. I am coming around to hand-sewing when it means a nicer finished product. The hem would have been too short for my liking if I had turned and topstitched so I finished it with bias trim.
the garment: It is a little plain. I wear quite a bit of color and enjoy great patterns. When I finished sewing and put the dress on, I was disappointed. The pattern is fantastic and it fit great, but there was no pizazz. I have not come up with a remedy for that problem. I considered a little embroidery as topstitching around my seams, but not quite sure. In the winter, some great tights and a turtleneck will really make the denim blue pop. For now, I will probably just pair the dress with a great scarf and give myself some time to pin down what I feel is missing.
*Our camera is a goner. I am now using a borrowed point and shoot and an iPhone. Neither are what my old camera was, but they’ll both have to do for now. I am still trying to get used to them. On the upside, expect some Hipstamatic prints coming your way.