Completed: Simplicity 8345; the Daisy Sundress

20 Mar

Hi everyone! Apologies for my bout of silence all week – I found myself feeling ill early in the week, and regulated myself to crafts that involved sitting on the couch with little to no concentration (paint-by-numbers, if you’re curious. HOLY SHIT I love those things!). Despite my best efforts, I spent the entire weekend sick :( I did drag myself out of bed long enough to catch as estate sale on the other side of town:
Estate sale finds!
$5.50 for the whole box! There’s about 2 yards of fabric in there (it’s very sheer – almost like cheesecloth – so it’ll need to be underlined), plus the book has lots of sewing-related newspaper clippings :) The house was totally awesome – unchanged since 1961. Beautiful pink bathroom, original kitchen appliances, knotty pine dining room, and orange & green shag carpet!

Anyway, THAT took all my energy – seriously! I got home, crawled into bed, and slept for the rest of the weekend. Being sick sucks, yo.

Then I woke up on Monday morning with a migraine. LOVELY. So I called out of work, slept the migraine off, and tried to make some use of my day later in the afternoon.

So here’s my meager project after a weekend of sick – the daisy sundress!
sundress
Also totally approps for the first day of spring, amirite? :)

Daisy Sundress
I used Simplicity 8345, a simple sundress with princess seams & a scalloped neckline. This dress was seriously easy to sew up, albeit with a strange order of assembly – you put in the zipper first, then sew the shoulder seams, then insert the neckline facing, then sew the side seams together, then put the sleeves on the side seams, then sew that whole mess to the front/back mess. Kind of interesting!

I did make a few small changes – my first princess-seamed FBA, which was sort of a disaster. Oops. Blame it on poor ol’ sick me :( Everything fits fine, but I should have divided my addition of width to both the front & side front panels, not just the side front. My seams are WAY too front & center, and I feel this dress now has the magical ability to make me look both flat-chested & wide on top. Oh well, live & learn I guess. lol.

Daisy Sundress

I also sewed my sleeves up a little differently – they are supposed to be faced. LOLWUT. Who faces sleeves in a sundress? Well, I’m sure people do, but not me! I just hemmed them as normal and omitted the facings. Boring facings! The sleeves are a little tight, I might add. Not a lot of room for movement there, oh well.

I also cut like 6″ off the hem. Knee-length, my ass!

Daisy Sundress

Daisy Sundress
I do like the scalloped neckline. So pretty!

Daisy Sundress

Daisy Sundress

Wanna know the best part about this dress?

troll
The fabric was a BEDSHEET! trololololol

Daisy Sundress - scallops

Daisy Sundress - zipper

Daisy Sundress - unzipped!
I didn’t have a matching zipper, so I used dark green. Again – stash-bustin’ :D

Daisy Sundress

I guess there’s not much else to say about this. It’s a sundress. I’ll wear it in the sun. Or something.

Spring :)
And look – spring is already making an early start here in Tennessee :) SO GREEN. SO BLOOMY.

Daisy Sundress
Happy first day of spring, y’all!

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31 Responses to “Completed: Simplicity 8345; the Daisy Sundress”

  1. zilredloh March 20, 2012 at 11:56 am #

    Sorry to hear you’ve been feeling under the weather. But what lovelies you were able to make in the meantime! I love the sheer fabric you got in your box of goodies.

    That’s an awesome sun-dress if I say so myself. ANd yes… I am part of the crazy crowd who faces sleeves and anything I can. :) Depending on the fabric of course… heh

  2. kirsty March 20, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

    Oh My Lord. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your fabric !! Beautiful ! Its enough to cheer anyone up. Hope your feeling all properly zingy again soon ! :-)

  3. symondezyn March 20, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    I was trying to figure out why today was the first day of spring, when it’s usually the 21st and then i realized… DUH leap year! LOL You’re so lucky to have blooms already! We’re still getting a frigid mixture of snow and rain and hail… not really conducive to spring dress wearing – booo!! LOL. Love your stash bustin’ awesomeness… sheets make great fabric finds! :)

    I’m so jealous of your box of yummy sewing goodies – what a find!!!

    Awesome tip about the princess seam FBA – I was wondering about that myself, for a future project; now I know – thanks!! :D

  4. Marie March 20, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

    I can’t believe that even when you’re sick, you manage to create a beautiful little dress like this! It makes me feel sick frankly – pun intended ;o) I too love the scalloped neckline, what a great feature. I’m sure you’ll get loads of wear out of this breezy dress in the summer! Hope you feel all better soon!

  5. cationdesigns March 20, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

    Super cute neckline, and I love sheet dresses! They’re so economical! Congrats on the estate sale find, and I hope you feel better soon!

  6. prttynpnk March 20, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    When I’m sick I never manage to create anything but a mess of magazines and candy wrappers- you made a gorgeous salute to Spring! Yay you!

    • LLADYBIRD March 20, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

      You should have seen the sorry state my living room was in up until late yesterday afternoon :) Haha!

  7. Juli March 20, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

    That fabric is so cute!! I love daisies! That scalloped collar is pretty amazing too. The perfect spring dress! :-)

    As a side note, your shoes are ADORABLE!! May I ask the brand or where you got them? Yay for warmer weather and spring sandals! :-D

    Hope you feel better soon!

    • LLADYBIRD March 20, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

      Thank you! :) The shoes are Nine West “Blanca” – last year’s style, I’m afraid, although you can probably source them somewhere else. They were my big shoe splurge last summer and I love them so much :D

  8. leahfranqui March 20, 2012 at 2:06 pm #

    I cannot even deal with facings. WHAT IS THE POINT? They never stay in, always popping out and flying all over the place, it’s a mess, I tell you! A mess. Screw facings. Facings are the worst.

    This, however, is adorable. So cute. Sorry to hear that you are sick, but your productivity level when sick beats mine BY YARDS. I can do nothing when I am sick. Soup is an effort, and it usually comes from a can or a ramen packet. So you are winning at life, in my eyes.

    • LLADYBIRD March 20, 2012 at 2:13 pm #

      Hehe well to be fair, I was mostly un-sick by the time I started on this dress (aside from still feeling the “heightened” effects from my cold meds – what is UP with that?!). I’m pretty useless when I’m sick too. Lots & lots of sleep :)

  9. sallie March 20, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

    Oh my gosh you just look like a doll! Seriously adorable sundress – for hanging out in the sun – duh!
    Almost peed my pants when I scrolled down to that maniacal-smile troll face!! What was that?!? I love that sewing with bedsheets brings out the crafty creepy little Rumplestilskin in you!
    And really glad to hear you’re feeling better. Ugh. Sickness. Awful. I’m a completely useless self-pitying mess if I even have a cold…

  10. Jen March 20, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    Nice blog! I’ve been lurking you for a while and felt like I should say hi, otherwise I feel like a huge creeper. So HI. Your projects are all so inspiring, and you seem internet-familiar from a long time ago; saucydwellings on Livejournal, perhaps?

    This dress is cute. That was a bedsheet, seriously? It’s like you never quite have to get out of bed; I love that. The seam placing doesn’t look so bad to me, but tight sleeves are always drive me crazy.

    • LLADYBIRD March 20, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

      Well hellloooo! :) I just lurked your blog & I recognize your digs from saucydwellings (that’s not weird, is it?), so yeah, that’s probably it :) The internet unites us one again! Haha!

      • Jen March 27, 2012 at 10:28 pm #

        Yay, it IS you! Cool. And it’s kind of sad that my place hasn’t changed in five years. Time to paint? Time to paint.

  11. Scruffybadger March 20, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

    Sorry you’ve been off colour but whoopee for sofa crafting! Hope all better now.
    That dress, its scalloped neckline & bedsheetness – tootie beauty. Roll on Springtime :-)

  12. Crystal March 20, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

    Another great dress. The scallop neckline is perfect for this season. I envy your great estate sale finds!

  13. Cynthia March 20, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

    I love that neckline.

  14. Neeno March 20, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

    Super super cute!!! I love the zipper, it hardens up the floral print.
    Get well soon :P

  15. Cirque Du Bebe March 21, 2012 at 12:46 am #

    So gorgeous on you. I think we’re used to seeing lots of strong colours pop up in your sewing and these pastel florals suits you so well. A change is as good as a holiday, right?!

  16. Lou March 21, 2012 at 1:12 am #

    This looks so good on you, another perfect fit. What an incredible job you did on that scalloped neckline!

  17. Amanda March 21, 2012 at 6:14 am #

    That neckline is adorbs. Love it!

  18. Staci March 21, 2012 at 10:08 am #

    Beautiful and so springy. Love it!

    Got a couple of questions for you. Actually I’m asking all the lovely ladies that I follow. Do you serge each piece before sewing together or after? And do you serge instead of sewing to piece garments together?

    I just bought my first serger and am interested in the how to of all the beautiful garments you all put together.

    Thanks!

    • LLADYBIRD March 21, 2012 at 10:16 am #

      Whether I serge before or after sewing depends on if I’m serging the seams together or separately (to press flat). If I’m serging them together, I serge after I’ve sewn the seams. If the seams are to be pressed flat (ideal for bulkier fabrics, or fabrics that might show an edge if there’s too much bulk), then I serge before I sew the seams together (it’s just easier that way). I always sew my seams in addition to serging, unless it’s a knit fabric :) Hope this helps!

      • Staci March 22, 2012 at 10:24 am #

        Yes, it helps very much! Thank you for the reply Lauren. Love the new silk shirt too!

  19. maddie March 21, 2012 at 8:39 pm #

    Great, great, great job! You would have never known that you were sick while making it! Even though the print was a bed sheet, it’s amazing!

  20. Pixie March 22, 2012 at 2:48 am #

    Great find – I love that pattern, double breasted for the win! The dress is also amazing. As an avid sheet-into-garment sewer, I most definitely approve!

  21. Kimberly March 22, 2012 at 8:00 pm #

    very cute!

  22. uglybeat March 28, 2012 at 10:27 am #

    Gorgeous! I had to get this pattern because of you, heehee. I notice it’s a 90’s pattern—would you say it runs true to size or does it have a lot of ease? Reason I ask is I find I swim in most patterns (have to do a SBA also, bleah). Thanks!

    • LLADYBIRD March 28, 2012 at 10:30 am #

      Aw yay! The pattern does have quite a bit of ease – check the measurements on the tissue to be sure. I don’t know what size you are, but I cut the smallest size & still had to take in a little extra at the waist. Fortunately, the princess seams make that easy enough :) You may be able to skip the SBA – the bust is already pretty small. Make a muslin just to be sure, though! :)

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