Friday, May 8, 2015

New Red Dress, Simplicity 1357

I have a wedding to attend in Tennessee soon, so here goes for a new dress. I'm using Simplicity 1357, part of their AmazingFit series. And sadly, I have recently gone back into the plus sizes, called Women's by Simplicity, probably to make us feel better. The fabric is a medium weight polyester from Joann's. It has a lovely drape but is quite slippery and difficult to sew, much like silk.

I didn't make a muslin on this, instead choosing to fit it on me with the help of the pattern instructions. I ended up widening the waist, but taking it in at the bustling and shoulders. This last little alteration gave me a slightly puffed sleeve, which I rather like.

I found an old Threads article on inserting a simple lining with the facings attached to the lining fabric, so I thought I would try it. According to the article, no interfacing is needed with this technique. You sew the facings together, then attach to the lining at the neckline. Fold under the long edge and edge stitch the facing right to the lining.

I did decide to insert the zipper by hand, first by pinning to the fabric, then pick stitching, as shown above. It does take about two hours start to finish, but it is strong, secure, almost invisible and absolutely beautiful. It is a wonderful couture touch to give to your garments.

Practically perfect zipper! Now on to the lining.


  1. This is a great design, and I think it will be very flattering. Lining the bodice is a good idea, and yes, the zipper is beautiful!

    I quit dieting about 6 years ago now, and my weight has been exactly the same ever since. It is nice to know that everything in my closet fits, even if I sometimes wish the size was smaller!

  2. I can't believe how productive you are, considering that you are living between 2 places right now, and in the process of moving. Impressive!

    I agree with Monica; great design and love the fabric.

  3. It is a very becoming pattern, and the couture details are gorgeous!


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