Hi Y’all! I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted but life has…happening. In late July I traveled to India on business and in August, Hurricane Harvey happened. With all the hustle and bustle and chaos, I just haven’t had much time to develop sewing plans or even sew.
To bring you all up to speed, my trip to India was business as usual (I’ve been a million times) and Hurricane Harvey was a chaotic, flooding -rainy mess. The good news is, slowly but surely my life is starting to get back to normal.
Any who….while sitting around waiting for the hurricane to pass, I managed to sneak off to my sewing room. Since no one could venture out into the streets and decided to look through my fabric stash for some inspiration. I stumbled upon this nice Ponte knit that I bought last Fall. I originally intended to use this fabric to sew Simplicity’s 8243 but I wasn’t in the mood for pants and decided to utilize Simplicity’s 1284.
Simplicity 1284 is a vintage 1960’s pattern. The pattern includes a dress, coat and vest with sleeve variations. It’s suitable for almost any medium weight woven fabric or stable knit. I selected View B for this project.
Easy. The pattern instructions are easy to follow and requires a short sew time. However, if your fabric has horizontal or diagonal lines, you will need extra prep time if you plan to match up the lines in your fabric. For this project, I made every attempt to line up as many seams as possible. Also, depending on your fabric selection you may choose to slip stitch the hem of your sleeves and dress which will require additional time.
Ponte knit I purchased from JoAnn’s last year.
I made my usual tall girl adjustments and increased the length of the dress by 3 inches.
LESSONS LEARNED/THINGS TO KNOW
This is a really nice vintage pattern. The silhouette is flattering for all figures and the simplicity of the lines opens the pattern up to a wider selection of fabric choices and finishes. I liked this pattern so much that I’m already planning to make another one.
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