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Purple Sheath Dress | Simplicity 2648

April 4, 2014

Purple Sheath DressMy purple sheath dress is finished! That’s another UFO off my pile!

This pattern is from Simplicity’s “Amazing Fit” collection. The difference with these patterns is they have 1″ seam allowances in key areas, and the instructions tell you to baste together those seams and adjust your fit before moving on. You’re then supposed to mark your alterations on the pattern pieces for next time. I didn’t have the patience to do that (who knows if there’ll be a next time, and I may require a different fit), so I just took down some notes.

If you’re a seamstress who hates facings, this is not the pattern for you! In the sleeveless and cap sleeve versions, both the neckline and armholes have facings, and they overlap at the shoulder. That seems like a lot of unnecessary bulk, and I think I’d rather have a lined bodice.

Purple Sheath Dress

This is a nice, basic silhouette, and I very well may return to this pattern and try out the scoop neck version. But it does feel a bit conservative for a twenty-something working in academia. I had to omit the waist tab (it looked like ass when I sewed it up!), so I toughened up the dress with this awesome lion belt and some of my favorite shoes. This other wall in the photo above was too bright, but the wind made my hair look great!

Purple Sheath Dress Outtakes
In these outtake photos, I’m either thinking what in the hell should I do with my arms? or, I frickin’ hate this dress. I really prefer shopping in person so I can touch fabrics before I buy, and in Pittsburgh that means JoAnn. I’ve found some decent fabrics there, but this wasn’t one of them. It’s a “wool suiting” that has more than it’s share of synthetic, and it will not press to save its life. Those wrinkles along the princess seams? Not poor fitting or seam treatment–they just wouldn’t press nicely. The topstitching along most seams? Not decorative–necessary to keep the seams from looking even more terrible than they do.

I got some compliments on this dress when I wore it to work the other day, and maybe it will grown on me, but right now I think I need a little distance.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. April 4, 2014 10:47 pm

    Oh my gosh..that is gorgeous!!! Nice job!

  2. April 4, 2014 11:30 pm

    I l love that dress and the color is delightful. Well fitted and well sewn. Great job. You look fabulous! I love Simplicity’s Amazing Fit line of patterns,

  3. janeclemo permalink
    April 29, 2014 5:03 pm

    You know, I actually think it’s quite flattering on you and I love the color, but it does perhaps look older than what I’ve seen on college campuses. I can relate to what you are saying about distance from a project. I too have felt like I’ve spent so much time on something and know all the details, both good and bad, too well and have to put it aside before I truly enjoy wearing it. I hope some distance makes you love it and that it gets some wear because it’s really very nice!

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