Saturday, May 12, 2012

The 'Home Sewing is Easy' Dress

  

Oh, how I love this dress!   This is the newest version of Simplicity 3673 that I finished at the end of March.  This past weekend we were finally able to get pictures and I'm pretty excited to share it with you. 

I have wanted to make something with a tongue-in-cheek reference to my mad love of sewing for quite some time.  Showcasing the quote below was a priority and I cut the bodice so it would stand out:


I used Colette Patterns' Jasmine for the sleeves, thus earning myself some Franken Pattern points.  Quite by accident, managed to match the cartoon frame on the bodice to each sleeve.  Bazinga! 


The quotes in the fabric are hilarious! I am especially fond of this one: 'Look at the way she's dressed! She must be throwing Harry's money around!'   Clearly I must look as though I'm tossing Mr. Friday's money to the winds, but little do they know I've saved money through my 'sewing know-how.' Hee hee!


I used my favourite lapped zipper tutorial and inserted an obnoxious super-hero yellow zip in honour of Oona.  I love the high-waisted style and even though it's a bit time-consuming to sew 8 darts in total, the effect is totally worth it.

This dress ranks in my top five favourite things I've made and I feel like I could give Joan Holloway Harris a run for her money in this! Joan would knock me out, but I'm OK with that.  Thanks to her, a secretary is just glamorous and mysterious as an executive.

UPDATE:
Thank you so very much for all of your lovely comments! I found the sewing-themed fabric on Etsy.  Click here to purchase. 

With this dress added to the queue, my year-to-date handmade totals are:

Tops: 11
Skirts: 4
Trousers: 4
Dresses: 5

35 comments:

House of Pinheiro said...

Wow what amazing dress Sarah , it's really creative and fun

Scruffybadger said...

Lovely sassy sewing dress! LOVE the use of the fabric- that'll keep you smiling every time you wear it!

Peter Lappin said...

That's adorable! I just won a copy of "Home Sewing is Easy" in the mail on eBay -- can't wait to read it cover to cover.

Vintage Girl said...

I love this dress too, very cute and it fits so well.

Cara said...

Love this dress! Where oh where did you find the amazing fabric for the bodice and sleeves?

ReadyThreadSew said...

I think this is officially one of the best things I have seen on any of the many sewing blogs that I read )

Sew Blessed Maw said...

This is absolutely fantastic.. What a great job . and the fabric is adorable..
I have this pattern.. and never dreamed how cute this could be.. thanks for sharing.

lisa g. said...

LOVE!!! where in the world did you find this material? it's seriously hilarious!

Kellie Mowat said...

HA!
I love this dress too. The fabric is pretty awesome and the style is super cute on you. You look too happy to contain.

Heather Lou said...

I think this is my favourite thing you've ever made. LOVE LOVE LOVE! Where did the fabric come from? It's to die for.

Pin said...

I ADORE this dress. It looks great :) And I, like everyone else, totally love the fabric. Lx

Megan said...

Love it! Such a fun comic book print.

Stacy @ Stacyverb said...

Love it! Great fit + wacky print = right up my alley. :)

Helens Sewing Adventures said...

Wow, this dress is amazing, I love it! That fabric is awsome. I seriously want some!.

quietandsmalladventures said...

i LOVE that fabric!!! sooooo adorable!! the bright yellow zipper sounds like such a fun detail. can i say HOLY COW to your me-made totals for the year? i'm in awe!!

Suzy said...

So much fun!!! You look fantastic!

Kat said...

This dress is awesome! I think sales of this fabric are going to increase ten fold from all your readers. I love it! I think it would make an awesome gathered skirt with a big tie back bow!

Shiny Green Penny said...

That dress is incredible and the fabric is fun. I definitely need me some.

futurenakano said...

I LOVE THIS DRESS!!! The silhouette, the fabric it's PERFECT! AWESOME JOB!

dottiedoodle said...

Lovely dress! The contrast between the print and the skirt is great.

Meg @ Mood Fabrics said...

That dress is so fun! Definitely bazinga!

angie.a said...

Sensational. TOTALLY.

Debi said...

BRILLIANT! I just love it!!!! YAY!

Rochelle New said...

I've been dying to get my hands on that fabric!!! And pretty much every other AH fabric out there. It's so fun!!

Linda, Bathtub Fabric Queen said...

Totally love that! "I bet those tucks were awfully difficult to make!"

Becky said...

That print is so fun!

velosewer said...

Cool dress. I think you've discovered a niche market.

Laura said...

This fabric is just amazing! It works so well with the dress!

Sarah said...

WOW! Thank you so much, everyone, for your lovely comments! I appreciate every single one!

Meg the Grand said...

My darling Rhinestone!! It is positively STUNNING. There are no words to express just how much I love love love this dress - it suits you so well, and the style is brilliantly executed!!

Miss Crayola Creepy said...

What a fun fabric! You wear it nicely!!!

ckh said...

I LOVE it!

Mommy en France said...

What an amazing dress. I have never really liked that pattern, but it just goes to show how you need to think beyond the envelope. It looks fabulous in two fabrics and with sleeves. If I hadn't sworn off pattern buying for the moment, I would be sorely tempted to get it. You look great and I love the cartoon fabric.

Alessa said...

That is an incredibly awesome dress! I love the tongue-in-cheek-ness!

Tors said...

Dear Gods, I am so behind on my blogroll it's unbelievable and I can not believe I didn't get to see (and comment) on this when you first posted it. Because YOU LOOK SO GORGEOUS!! That dress looks amazing on you, I LOVE the print, am incredibly envious of how well you rock the entire look and have to say I think it's my favourite thing you've made to date.