I fell in love with a new pattern – Simplicity 2444! It is a great basic bodice/full skirt pattern. It was part of the Project Runway collaboration so there are several variations so you can “design” your own dress. I always find those variations funny because most of them are things that anyone could do with a little pattern hacking but for those who don’t feel comfortable doing hacking, they are nice.
My first version of this dress was in Carolina Gingham from Robert Kaufman Fabrics. I bought this fabric about two years ago when I just started to sew and have been saving this fabric for a time when I was more accomplished at pattern matching.
As you can see, the pattern matching still isn’t perfect but I love it anyway!
For my second version, I used Robert Kaufman seersucker that is embroidered with tiny lobsters!
I didn’t make many changes for this version, other than taking an inch out of the back bodice, a common adjustment for me.
I also decided to do a self-lined bodice for a cleaner finish. Because of this, I didn’t have as much room in the bodice. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize this until I had the bodice and lining fully sewn together so I had to make room using the zipper. In the end, I kind of like the exposed red zip!
Speaking of red details, I just love the hem tape on the skirt! This is my favorite part of the dress, even though it’s something only I will ever see. These little details are what make sewing your own clothes so special; you can add things that you love on the insides!