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Crossing my fingers

2011 May 9
by elizabeth_admin

Ok, I will admit it, I’m crazy. 

I am going to attempt a second KS 3408 before I leave for PR Weekend in Chicago this Thursday (are you going?!??).  Remember how disastrous my first version was?


Can I cut out my dress and sew it in two evenings?  I re-traced the pattern last night and here are the changes I made and plan to make on this hopefully “two time’s the charm” second version:

  • I traced the small size (last time I traced the medium and it was ginormous)
  • I added only one inch to the bodice (last time I added 2 inches and it was way too long)
  • I added 3/8″ to the front bodice neckline to raise the neckline a tad therefore negating the need to wear a cami underneath the dress
  • I did not add length to the skirt portion as I intend to imitate Robin and use a rolled hem edge on the skirt and neckline edges (this will eliminate the need for those pesky facings and hopefully speed up the sewing)
  • Substituting the long sleeves of this pattern for the short sleeves from Simplicity 3678.  I haven’t compared the sleeve head heights and shapes yet, but I am going to “make it work” (these sleeves won’t need to be hemmed as they self lined – Bonus!)

Here’s the fabric I plan on using…


Wish me luck — it will be a race to the finish line!

8 Responses leave one →
  1. May 9, 2011

    Wishing you luck and that’s a grea print. I have that pattern and will stayed tuned for your second one is a charm….lol

  2. May 9, 2011

    Love the fabric and wishing you much success with the dress the second time around. I’m not going to Chicago but I look forward to hearing about it.

  3. May 9, 2011

    That is a wonderful print. Hope all turns out well this time.

  4. May 10, 2011

    Best of luck! It’s brilliant fabric 🙂

  5. Marie-Christine permalink
    May 10, 2011

    Another great print :-).
    But be careful. Is this the same weight and stretch as the previous one? If you picked this because it’d be less clingy-drapey, going down a size could be fatal. And while I’m violently opposed to facings in knits, a rolled edge isn’t stable enough for the neckline of a wrap dress. They’ll see not only your bra but your undies :-). You need either a binding or a foldover with clear elastic, slightly pulled in in both cases.
    Totally agree that 2″ is way too much to add to a bodice, pretty much no matter what the design or the size. Especially in stretchy fabric.
    Good luck! You can finish this before leaving :-). Just try to get a bit of sleep, OK? You’re sure to need it in Chicago.

  6. May 10, 2011

    Elizabeth, I am sad not to go to this PR weekend. I will miss meeting tones of great ladies :-(. For your dress, this time you will succeed. Have fun sewing the dress and meeting the group.

  7. Auntie Allyn permalink
    May 10, 2011

    Go Elizabeth! Hope this one works out for you! I cut out a dress on Sunday with hopes of finishing it for the weekend . . . not sure that I’m going to get it done, however! But I’m not going to stress about it. You shouldn’t stress, either!!!

  8. May 10, 2011

    Good luck! It’s a lovely style and your fabric is fabulous. Now that you’ve adjusted the pattern I think that it’s going to turn out beautifully.

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