completed: simplicity 2412

15 Apr

this is an old UFO (err… ~unfinished object~, to all you non-sewers) that i’ve been sitting on for about 2 months now. it was nearly finished – all that was left was to stitch down the neckline binding & hem the skirt. instead, i let it hang in the corner of shame in my sewing room because i was irritated with how it looked on me. i am still kind of angsty about the way it looks, but whatever, it’s done & i can move on to greener pastures.

pattern in question:
simplicity 2412

i used a lovely lightweight red gingham seersucker. the seams are bound with lipstick red rayon seam binding & the bertha is interfaced with a piece of lightweight muslin. the zipper is a couple firsts – my first handpicked zipper, my first vintage-style side seam zipper, and my first attempt (that turned out perfect!) 🙂 i used a vintage metal zipper that i had in my stash. i ended up making a quite a few changes to the pattern… a FBA, chopping out 9″ of the skirt length, and pinching out bunches of ease. i still have a bit of ease that needs to be taken in at the center front seam; the top is still loose & the bertha keeps sliding off my shoulders 😦 i had to pin the shoulders to my bra straps for now. thank goodness for safety pins!

i’m still not entirely pleased with this dress… i can’t decide if it’s flattering on me. that would be the #1 reason why i hung it up and stashed it in the corner of shame for 2 months. i feel like i don’t look very good in dresses that don’t have a separate midriff piece. maybe that’s just me? what does the internet think? yay or nay? i do looove the fabric though. mmm seersucker.

i did make a matching belt to compensate for the lack of midriff seams. i used tilly’s bow belt tutorial, except i cut it on the bias and i used a piece of belting instead of interfacing. holy crap, i love belting – it doesn’t roll at all! the fabric i used is the same red cotton gingham from my ironing board cover :3 yes, it’s quilting cotton. whatever, it’s a belt. maybe gingham + gingham is a little too much for one dress, but i *am* wearing a bertha sooo.

ok, pictures! lots of pictures!

dress front
front – see the bertha starting to slide? you can see the seam binding 😦

dress side
dress side
ok, the zipper actually isn’t perfect – it’s backwards! oops! whatever, the rest of it looks perfect so i’m not picking it out!

dress back
dress back
that weird wrinkle is just because i’m standing funny, promise.

a better view of the bertha.

shoulder pleating
the shoulders are just gathered & sewn to the bodice. i do like that the bertha has a good amount of body, but isn’t stiff. love using muslin as interfacing!

zipper detail
the backwards zipper :3

yay belt!

and some detail shots…

every seam in this dress is bound with rayon seam binding

lacey hem
3″ hem tacked down with lace… if this lace looks familiar, it’s because i also used it on the ceylon dress. and i still have more! 10 yards for $1, yo!

hand-picked lapped zipper

bow belt

dress front

and just for funsies… check out the skirt!

19 Responses to “completed: simplicity 2412”

  1. Allison April 15, 2011 at 4:59 pm #

    I LOVE this dress and it IS flattering! Super cute

  2. Kat April 15, 2011 at 5:23 pm #

    That is gorgeous! And it looks fab on you. Can’t go past a bit of gingham.

  3. kuka April 15, 2011 at 10:28 pm #

    I LOVE your dress! The belt is so cute. And I agree – you look lovely in it =)

  4. Clarissa April 17, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

    New to following your blog. This dress is super cute!

  5. Sarah April 27, 2011 at 10:20 am #

    Such a great dress and you’ve done a fabulous job on it. Very flattering – you look lovely! 🙂

  6. Tilly April 27, 2011 at 10:29 am #

    It’s gorgeous! I love the way the gathered shoulders slope down to the neckline. Gorgeous seam binding, I wish I had the patience to finish my projects so nicely. And the bias cut gingham looks awesome on the belt.

  7. Marie April 27, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

    Hey there! Saw your post on Sew Retro and just had to stop by and congratulate you on your dress and bow belt. Both are gorgeous and look stunning on you!

  8. robinsnc April 27, 2011 at 6:20 pm #

    I love this dress. It looks great on you!

  9. Ashley April 28, 2011 at 10:32 am #

    Love your dress, very pretty! I bet it’s hard not to wear this stunner everyday. 🙂

  10. quietandsmall April 28, 2011 at 6:53 pm #

    holy smokes that is adorable!!!! i love it and think it’s super flattering on you, great job!!!

  11. Joan May 6, 2011 at 4:10 pm #

    I love…love…love this dress! I think your fabric choice is awesome and love that you shortened it a little. Makes it look a lot more youthful!

    Seeing the picture where you fan the skirt out to show the length…I would spin…spin…spin! Love it! Excellent job!

  12. Jan September 29, 2011 at 2:58 am #

    Love this dress!! Wish it was mine. 🙂

  13. Ruby October 23, 2011 at 10:14 pm #

    I love love love the two ginghams together. Gorgeous!

  14. macstabby January 8, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

    Do you have any tips for sewing hooks and eyes onto something with belting in it? I’ve tried and it was a bloody disaster!

    • LLADYBIRD January 8, 2013 at 3:58 pm #

      Hm, I’m not sure – I didn’t have any problems sewing the hooks & eyes on. Use a thimble if you have trouble pushing the needle through the belting, or just grab the fabric with your stitches & not the belting.

      • macstabby January 8, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

        Thanks, I will probably need to try both of those!

  15. Liz January 14, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

    Girl, you’re adorable, how could you think anything looks unawesome on you? Your own personal loveliness aside, that is also a super duper cute dress with amazing finishes. I do hope you ended up wearing the cr*p out of that dress because it’s gorgeous and looks great on. As for the backward zipper? That’s character! Subtle subtle character in an otherwise perfect dress.


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