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Thursday, 29 December 2016

Simple Sew Smokey Tshirt dress

Ages ago I bought this ponte roma fabric from Ebay (The Textile Centre, obvs) and I just didn't know what to do with it. Also ages ago, I picked up a sewing magazine with a free pattern with it. It was a Simple Sew pattern for a tshirt, tshirt dress and sailor pants/shorts. I've searched their website but can't seem to find a link or a picture for the pattern, which is strange. Anyway, I digress...

I really need to start making a dent in my fabric stash (to make room for new fabric of course) and I decided a simple Tee-dress could be a wardrobe staple, and this fabric would work well for that. It's stretchy, but yet really sturdy. Nice and thick for the winter and easily worn with different colours to make it pop a bit.

I sewed up the largest size in this. As we all know by now, my relativity wide hips are a pain to fit into a graded size without making the top half too big. On this sort of dress I thought a baggier top half wouldn't matter so much. I could have gone for the size down to be honest, but I didn't want any tightness at all around the bum/tummy/hip area, so better safe than sorry I went with the biggest.

The dress was super quick to cut out and sew. The fabric was easy to work with too so this was a pretty enjoyable make. The majority was done on the overlocker and I used a lightening stitch to top-stitch the neck and arm cuffs. The fit is good and what I expected. And well, it looks OK on I guess. It's not one of my favourites and I can't put my finger on what it is. I actually found it really hard to pick a pair of shoes to go with it. My DM's look strange, as did my trainers and boots. I went with metallic brogues in the end, but I'm not sold on those either. I have worn it a couple of times around the house though, so it can't be that bad, I'm just not sure if it's totally 'me'.

So here's some snaps of me in the dress from a couple of weeks ago. on a lovely sunny day. Since then the weather has turned miserable and it's been chucking it down for days!




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4 comments

  1. It looks fab on you! You've doe a great job I know what you mean with the good ol hips I have ever to grade too!!

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  2. Looks lovely. Also looks comfy! Win win!

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