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Thursday, 7 January 2016

A Dress for Mum - Simple Sew Loretta Jewel Neck Dress #020

A while ago, I came across an Ebay seller who had the most gorgeous cotton fabrics for about £3.49 a metre. They were extra wide fabrics too, so your really ended up with a lot of bang for your buck. I ordered a grey cotton with a yellow and orange floral pattern, and I sent a few options to Mum with the idea that we would make ourselves some dresses. Mum picked her one, I ordered 3m of it, and then the fabrics have just sat in my stash ever since.

So when I got last months Love Sewing Magazine, and looked at the free pattern, I just knew Mum would love it. It's the Loretta jewel neck dress by Simple Sew.



Mum loves a good shift dress, she definitely has the figure for it! The jewel neck of this dress is not something I've come across before, and I love it's originality. So, with the floral cotton that was sitting in my stash, I set about cutting out the pattern pieces. The sizing on the Simple Sew patterns I found different to other patterns that I have used. They seem to be for a more curvy figure, which is good for me, but not so much for Mum. I went for a size 12, as that measurement fitted her best at the bust, but I knew it would be too roomy on the hips. I didn't want to ask her for her measurements as it was a surprise, so I couldn't alter the pattern to fit her exactly. But I figured that I could always take in the side seams if needed.

Now this dress was a super speedy sew. From start to finish, (including ironing on the interfacing and inserting an invisible zip) it took me just over 2 hours. I didn't encounter any problems at all and it went together really well. The invisible zip went in perfect first time (yay!). I went for the sleeved option too, and it was still super fast. I even overlocked all of the raw edges and seams, so it's really neat inside. The kick pleat was also a new feature to me, but with the clear and precise instructions, it was a doddle.

The jewel neck was surprisingly simple, and a great shape that's really effective in adding a little interest to an otherwise simple dress. This was a very satisfying make, and I can see this being made in many different fabrics for a staple in the work wardrobe, or in fancier fabrics such as a lace for a great evening dress.


Jewel Neck

All overlocked inside,and my best invisible zip yet!

Underarm seams all meeting nicely!

My first kick pleat.

Invisible Zip!


Mum really loves the dress. It does need some taking in on the bottom half. I think I will take in the back darts, and take in the side seams which will be pretty straight-forward, and then it will be a perfect fit. Hopefully Mum will get a lot of wear from this dress, especially in the spring as it's such a beautiful floral print that would be perfect for that time of year.







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