When Joann's/Hobby Lobby, etc has patterns on sale for $.99 I buy a bunch thinking "Maybe someday I will make that." Can't beat $.99.
My someday came for Simplicity 2401 today. Such cute halter dress/pantsuit options! Now I am not a pant suit kind of gal, but I may or may not have worn a very similar white polyester pantsuit to a house party in college with an Austin Powers theme. ;-) I doubt I ever make the pantsuit but I do love halter dresses!
I made the short version of Dress "B."
Since we are homebound due to the weather, my options for fabric was kind of limited. I needed a fabric that I had at least 2 1/2 yards of and I didn't want to use something I really loved when making this for the first time. If it turned out to be an epic failure I didn't want to be sad that I had ruined a favorite fabric!
So, I chose an Alexander Henry fabric that I like, not love, but it's doable. And it was one of the few that I had 2 1/2 continuous yards!
Here is how it turned out. It's quite loud-I knew it would be. But it's kinda fun too.
Once again, pastey-white-girl is not modeling yet!
I love the middle part-it's a completely separate section and very fitted. Looks great on and I CANNOT WAIT to wear it! Melt snow, Melt!
I am for sure making this one again in some better fabric. I think it would be great in knit too-love knit.
I will admit I left out the invisible zipper. I just wasn't in the mood to do it and there is a bit of elastic across the back so I decided to try it without. I tried on the top part before it was all sewn together to make sure it would be ok and it's fine without! Score. Didn't have to frustrate myself with a zipper today!
Ok, so I loved this dress so much that I whipped out another one. Yes, I am crazy. I like this one even more than the first one! A. because it's black and white (LOVE black and white anything) and B. I did this one in knit-fab.U.lous.
And guess what-I have the most adorable black heels for this one too!
I changed a one thing this time:
In the pattern, the front and back of the skirt have a seam down the middle-didn't love this so I made it one piece for the front and one piece for the back. It's not quite as noticable in the black and white one but it made a difference to me!
I think my next project is to combine the middle part of this one with the top of another pattern. I really love how the middle part is fitted-the skirt does not start until the hip area. But I don't always want the halter part of this dress. Sooooooo, I am going to combine a couple of patterns to make the perfect dress for ME!
I'll let you know how it goes!!!! ;-)