Project: Summer Dress
Pattern: Simplicity 2371
Size: 12 altered
Fabric: Rayon challis from Hancock Fabrics this season
In the interest of using the *other* length of rayon challis that my trip to Hancock Fabrics yielded, I decided to break out another of my untried dress patterns, Simplicity 2371. This one has that loose breezy vibe the so appeals to me in a caftan, but it has a more fitted neckline and shoulders. Perhaps I won’t look so much like a sack of potatoes–particularly if I don’t add the belt.
This should be a cool dress for summer, which I *thought* had already arrived. Recent nighttime temperatures, having returned to the 40s, tend to make me think otherwise… No matter. I’ll have a dress to wear when the occasion arises be it April or July.
The reviews for this pattern are somewhat mixed and tend to be negative for one reason or another. I figure it’s a plain loose-ish dress for no special occasion–how bad could it be?
My fabric is a pretty color–a violet mock-batik, which teased me by presenting two nice sides. I picked one, then changed my mind after cutting.
Despite its pretty color, it’s printed off grain so any attempt at pattern-matching will be a hair-pulling experience. The print can match, or it can hang off grain. Which would you choose?
I’m going for hanging on-grain. Print matching in this shifty rayon would be troublesome even without the off-grain print. I’ll just learn to live with the Picasso-effect along the seams.
I’ve been know to can a project before it ever sees the inside of my closet!
I did place the hemlines at the same level in hopes of some sort of symmetry.
Keeping this house ready to show is a full-time job. Just about the time I get the machines threaded, I have to put everything away for a showing. (I’m thankful–don’t get me wrong!) Hopefully I’ll finish this dress before I have to neaten things again!