Thursday, June 21, 2012

Simplicity 2584 - Navy Dress with Gingham Piping

I'm not sure if I should say this dress was a long time coming, or a really quick sew. I cut it out and just started the sewing at the end of last summer. I didn't complete it before the weather became too cold to wear it, so I bagged it up, set it aside and moved on. When I recently pulled it out, it didn't take me long to finish it up.

The pattern is Simplicity 2584 and I really like it. I combined various parts of the views to get what I wanted - drawstring dress style like View A, sleeveless with the scalloped slit facing like View D.

Simplicity 2584
The neckline edges are even at the top. The dress is just not on the dressform straight here.

You know that I love piping, so I couldn't resist this opportunity to use it here. For a few years I really didn't wear much navy blue, but now I'm really liking it a lot again. Here I like the classic red, white and blue combination.

Simplicity 2584

The scalloped neckline piece is sewn on top of the dress and then a facing is applied and turned toward the inside. The pattern calls for an exposed zipper on the back, but I found I didn't need it to get the dress on and off, so I omitted it.

Simplicity 2584

I had a hard time getting the armhole binding to work out as described in the instructions, so I just did my own thing and am happy with how it worked out. My drawstring is mostly elastic with the fabric ends stitched to it - more comfortable and easier to adjust the gathering.

Simplicity 2584

It's a very easy dress to wear and I can see making some of the other views in the pattern. This particular fabric creases pretty easily. You can see my sitting wrinkles. My younger daughter is wearing the dress I made for my older daughter and blogged about here. I'd put that dress in my Top Ten Children's Garments made by me. (Maybe I should actually make that list up...could be fun...)


Simplicity 2584

3 comments:

  1. Navy blue is looking fresh and crisp to me as a spring/summer neutral too.
    Your dress is lovely, and the piping is a subtle but effective touch.

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  2. You've done a beautiful job on the piping. What a perfect summer dress.

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  3. I love your version! The piping is such a gorgeous touch and really highlights the facing shape. Also the red, white, and blue is a lovely color combination.

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