26 August 2009

Simplicity 3867

Pattern: Simplicity 3867 (view A & F)


Size: size 8

Fabric: Lime w/teal and white floral print cotton voile & teal cotton voile, both from Fabricland (Canadian chain fabric store).

Project Photo
: The dress, both with the jacket and without.


Comments: I bought this pattern when it first came out and promptly cut out the dress. Then it sat languishing on a pile for two years, sad and forgotten. Well, no more, I finally rescued the poor thing from a life of banishment. It's nice to check one off the UFO pile!

This dress (and the accompanying bolero) went together very easily - no fuss, no muss. It's perfect for warm days when I need to be a bit dressier - it will work wonderfully for work in the early fall.

The only change I made to the pattern is a broad back adjustment (BBA) on both the dress and bolero. Although I am small through the chest, I find that I have a disproportionately large back across the shoulder blades. This can make my tops feel like they are pulling across the back when I try to reach forward. This is especially true at school when I am trying to write on the chalkboard. This BBA is just the trick needed to add a bit of ease where I need it.

Conclusion: Pretty dress, cute bolero. I have already cut out another version of the dress in an Anna Sui scarf panel silk.

28 comments:

Chris said...

This is really nice! You look so pretty in it.

Adrienne said...

Very, very pretty!

Lori said...

Very pretty, congrats on finishing the UFO.

Helen said...

Gorgeous! I absolutely love the outfits you make. They look fabulous on you - the styles and colours are perfect for you. You are so stylish! I am really enjoying your blog and the great photos of your "projects". Please don't stop - you are really inspiring me with my sewing!

Cindy said...

Shannon- You have picked some great patterns to sew this summer. I have enjoyed each one! I have had this pattern for two years and haven't made it yet! I love the tie front. Beautiful.

Would this pattern look good in navy dupioni silk? I have a black tie in the fall and trying to decide on a pattern. I have navy silk stuck in my head!

Nancy K said...

Honey you are one stylin' teacher! Most of the women who've taught my kids were seriously style challenged.
I bought this pattern and never cut it. It looks great on you.

Sheila said...

I agree very pretty dress. I passed over that pattern several times.... now I have reason to pause.

Cisa said...

Lovely outfit! I just added this pattern to my "to buy" list. Glad to know it's such a breeze to work with!

Lisette M said...

Really pretty dress and bolero. I have this pattern too and haven't made it...

Lisa said...

Shannon,
You look great (as usual)!

I am so glad to know I am not the only one who cuts things out and then doesn't get them sewn up right away.

sisidaboom said...

Geez Loueez Girl. You make some of us look really turtle-like. Great work. When do you go back to work so the pressure is off? You make ten outfits and I am still thinking mmmmmwhattodo, what to do.... Shannon,A+.

Rachelle said...

Zowie! That's gorgeous!!

Trudy Callan said...

Good for you for rescuing this from the pile. I finally had to throw away some things I had cut out and never gotten to.

This is very pretty. I love the empire waists

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

You definitely know what works for you because this dress is stunning on you! I like the dress better without the bolero but that's just my opinion and won't get you from here to there! *LOL*

Can't wait to see the Anna Sui version!

Dharma said...

The outfit looks lovely on you!!! How do you organize your sewing to accomplish so much?

Vicki said...

Another fabulous outfit. Much better in the wardrobe than in the ufo pile :)

Summerset said...

Both yesterday and today's new outfits are perfect for you! I really love the brown suit - you can take that one a lot of places depending on accessories.

Carol said...

I love that cute bolero with the gathered sleeves! A very nice addition to your wardrobe.

Sharon said...

Great dress and bolero in wonderful colours.

AllisonC said...

Great dress and bolero - your fabric looks just like the pattern envelope! This looks like one of those rare wardrobe patterns where all the pieces are very wearable.

gwensews said...

Beautiful dress. This one could go to a wedding or any dressy event.

ClaireOKC said...

This is a great style for you. I love the dress.

Sue said...

Beautiful fabric choice and a lovely dress!

Heather said...

Beautiful dress! Great color!

Cennetta said...

Great outfit. The color is perfect and complimentary to your skin and hair.

cidell said...

I LOVE this! I also bought the pattern when it first came out and have down absolutely nothing with it. Totally inspired. Thanks!

Mardel said...

That is a really cute dress on you. I also bought this pattern, but it looks like it will be another summer before I get to it. Really fabulous combination.

Tany said...

WOW, so beautiful! Bravo!