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Sew Weekly: Simplicity 3673

Sunday, January 22

I finished the simplicity dress during the week, but as I was home all week, I could not wear it to work for my friend to take a picture of it, and by the time Mr.Dibs comes home, its already too dark to take nice pictures.

I'm feeling much better today, so I decided to do some posing. I whipped out the afro wig for some reinforcements.....


I probably should have added more length at the front. The hem is quite wide, so I can always undo that and redo the hem with more allowance at the front.


 Mr.Dibs said I looked like a grumpy cow and ordered me to smile....



The dress called for lining, but I did not have any suitable lining at home, and going to buy one was not feasible so I just used bias tape on the armholes and neckline. The top ( I cut size 16) was massive. So either my babaloons have not become as big as I think they have, or the pattern is just sized for bigger busts. To rectify this problem, I made two tiny pleats at the neckline. I don't know if you can see them, but they are there.

I also used a velvet trim at the waist (bust?) seamline.



This is the first maternity wear I have completed, which is such as shame as I only have 10weeks left. I am still convinced I can make more, but as my body has already proven, I should not make plans.

More pictures outside, with my clutch which served as my inspiration...





This week's Sew Weekly challenge called for the use of buttons. I am now 1 week behind on the challenges, but I am going to do them all the same. I know that at some point in the year, I will catch up with the rest of the girls.  I have been making cover buttons lately, and I still have to choose what I will use for my next challenge amongst these two sets....



Which do you prefer?

34 comments:

  1. That's absolutely lovely Dibs. It's very, very stylish and looks so flattering. Also I LOVE the fabric, what is it? Nice afro wig too. x

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    1. Thanks Jane. It is a stretch cotton fabric. I got it from Walthamstow market for £2/metre.

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  2. you look lovely, it really suits you and I agree with Jane that its very flattering too!
    your buttons also look fab! love the pattern/colours.

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    1. Thanks Sarah. I'm going to go with the last set of buttons.

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  3. Love the dress! The velvet waistband and binding is a great touch and it looks so fabby with the clutch!

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  4. Lovely dress and you look great! Both button are pretty but I think I prefer the bottom ones :)

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    1. I actually love the bottom ones too. I used a liberty print to make them. I'll go with that one then.

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  5. I love the dress - it looks great and is a fab choice of fabric too.

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    1. thanks Kerry. I could not believe the fabric was so cheap.

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  6. I really love the dress and, especially, the fabric. Good choice for maternity wear--there are going to be yards and yards (meters and meters?) of it so it has to be pretty!

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    1. lol...yeah the bottom is about 1.5 metres of fabric, so I could always redo the dress when (if) I loose the baby curves.

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  7. Love the dress, very cute on you.

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  8. Oooh I love it :) The fit is great and I really like your fabric choice. Great stuff...I'm glad you're feeling better too!

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  9. Ooh the dress is lovely! I didn't notice the bust darts until you pointed them out, but I think it does something really fun with the pattern already on the fabric! Also, I love both the colored buttons! I think I'm partial to the later set of buttons, but then I look at the first set and really like those too! Can't wait to see what you come up with! I have yet to make covered buttons and I think it needs to be on a project soon!!

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    1. Thanks Montana. I'm having a hard time thinking of what to make now. Just realised I might not have the right fabric at home.

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  10. This dress looks GREAT on you! I've been looking for a similar fabric over here in the States, but have yet to be successful. Super cute.

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    1. Thanks Adelaide. I must admit I was quite surprised to find it at such a good price.

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  11. That's a class act, Dibs. You can't put a price on class. OH, YES YOU CAN! £2 a metre from Walthamstow market.

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    1. hihiiihihihi. Thanks Karen. Do you remember the day I met you at Walthamstow market? that was the day I bought this fabric.

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  12. You look terrific! And so well accessorized! :-) I would use the second set of buttons first, but both are quite pretty.

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    1. Merci beaucoup!!! Je prefere aussi la deuxieme.

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  13. Lovely dress Dibs, you did a great job! As for the self-covered buttons...I can't choose as both sets are too cute!

    Glad you're feeling a bit better!

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  14. I really like the velvet trim on the dress. As for the buttons, I'm going to dissent and say I like the first set the most, but I'm a sucker for anything orange.

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  15. What a fab dress. I love the pattern on the fabric. Glad you were able to finish something at last. Hoping this was the first of more to come!

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  16. OOOOOO Miss Dibs! This has to be the cutest maternity dress ever! You look adorable - I love the under bust over bump velvet ribbon. I am so sorry you were not able to join us, but you know you were in our thoughts lots xxx

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  17. The bias tape and the velvet trim add a really nice touch!

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  18. Hi, I'm visiting you because i went to the Edinburgh blogger meet up, everyone was talking about you! I like the pink buttons but they're both great!

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  19. Hello, merci pour ta visite ! Joli bidon !

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  20. I like the orange buttons - they remind me of Marimekko prints...
    And the dress is fabulous. I think those accidental pleats make a lovely design detail. :-)

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  21. Your dress is adorable! I LOVE your fabric choice and I think the bias tape looks perfect.
    And I vote for the orange buttons too. :)

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