Sew, my second make as a blogger for Simple Sew is the Nicole Dress.
I liked the denim look that Simple Sew had made it in but as I have just finished making a blue denim dress I wanted to try a different look, and I had plans for a pattern hack.
I love a dress with pockets, maybe its because I am a photographer I need some where to put bits!
So I had a rummage through my fabric stash to see what I could make it in as I am on a mission to sew my stash this year. I have way to much fabric, not to be called a fabric collector now and although its great insulation for my home, I feel I need to free my pretties and get making beautiful things with them. I am going to write a post about my mission towards zero waste fashion at a later date – watch this blog for details.
These pretties were the finalists
But in the end I choose a pink stretch denim that my friend Rebecca of http://www.livingabstracts.com (check out her brilliant Instagram Course) gave me and the red floral cotton from http://www.fabricland.co.uk for the facing and pocket contrast.
As the fabric had a stretch to it I decided to make it a pull on dress, with big pockets – ideal for long haul flights as I have a couple coming up this year. Also I decided to make it a maxi dress which I am rather fond of for traveling when you are going from a cool climate to a hot one.
Here you can see how I decided to extend the length, and my cute new fabric donut weights from http://www.ohsewquaint.co.uk
I liked the fact that the pattern had some shaping to it even though it was a relaxed fit.
Trying to minimise waste – I often cutout 2 different patterns from the same fabric. Loving my donut weights.
Time to make up the facing, by stitching the front to the back. I used a light weight interfacing as the facing was a light weight cotton.
I then joined it at the shoulder seams
I clipped the edges of the curves around the next before I turned it over
Making the darts: I put a pin through from the bust point to the other side of the fabric and then marked it with a pin.
Normally I would have put a tacking stitch in but this worked as a quick fix.
I started stitching the dart from the armhole and ended it by tying it off at the end.
I tried different designs for the pockets
And here she is Nicole in all her glory
I love this dress and would recommend the pattern, its quick to make and versatile. This version in stretch denim is perfect for the spring. I am going to make a mini one is cotton for later in the summer…watch this space.