Oops, Simplicity 1803

2 Feb

Hands up, who knew this would happen?

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I couldn’t help it. I was sewing a pet bed and kept glancing over at the pattern. It literally called to me *make me, make me* I had to obey its wishes.

I have to apologise,readers. It’s minus a gazillion and I ain’t taking those boots off for nobody!

The fabric is that beautiful jacquard I picked up at Walthamstow for £2 a metre. I bought 4 metres and I reckon I’ve still got about 2-2.5m left! (Any ideas what to make with the leftovers? Jacket? Skirt? Another dress?)

The more I worked with it the more I realised this as an upholstery fabric. A cheap upholstery fabric, which is why it was thin for the style, but thick for dress fabric. As such, I couldn’t do the gathers as the pattern suggested so I went with pleats. I actually really like it with pleats and the thickness of the fabric holds the structure but still looks drapey. Perfect!

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It was a pain in the arse to work with though. As upholstery fabric tends to, this shit went everywhere. EVERYWHERE!!! I keep finding little black threads appearing from nowhere (including in my pants?!)

And it attracts everything too. So black threads were coming off the fabric and sticking to the fabric. Oh it was horrible.

The pattern tried to convince me I was a size 20. No,no,no my friend. I’ve heard of your ways 1803, you won’t trick me into self-pity. I cut the 18 for my boobs (because nobody likes flat boob!) and then brought in the waist.

Raspberry pockets!

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Oh yeah, I moved the pockets. Who wants pockets on the front of a dress?! Crazy!

I love, love, love this dress. Have I finished sewing my pet stuff? No. Do I regret it? No. Now I can sew the pet stuff in my beautiful new dress (and then get the scraps and threads stuck to me…) Oh well!

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4 Responses to “Oops, Simplicity 1803”

  1. gwendiequilts February 3, 2013 at 6:27 pm #

    I just found you over on Sew Many Ways linky party and I love your blog! I don’t make many clothes for myself these days but I do sew for my grandchildren. (Smaller people = less fabric.) I mostly post about small quilts but, as long as I can sew, I’m happy. I live in Oregon in the US and today is Superbowl Sunday, a big deal for football fans, so a lot of the fabric shops have great sales for us others. I’m going shopping.

    • makesphere February 3, 2013 at 7:57 pm #

      Aww, shucks. My face is as pink as my pockets!
      I’m really quite jealous of your fabric shopping. None for me until next payday. Boo 😦

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