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Monday, August 19, 2013

Review Simplicity 1776:Shift dress

   I've been itching to make a shift dress for a while now. It's something about the feminine yet flirty silhouette that truly speaks to me.  I love the shape of this dress and the fact that it's not clingy! Especially after having a baby, I really didn't want anything to clingy on my stomach and hip area; however, I didn't want a dress that was shapeless either. That's were Simplicity 1776 came into fruition; a basic shift dress pattern, with many options to truly make this pattern your own...

Simplicity 1776
 I chose to make the jewel neckline with the 3/4 quarter sleeves, and I also didn't add pockets. This pattern is designed for woven fabrics, but I used a striped ponte knit that I ordered from last year. I also ordered it in the black and red color way; however, that turned into wadder on an entirely different project, yeah I'm looking at you V8904. With using a knit fabric versus a woven fabric, I didn't have to use a zipper, neither did I have to add a lining. The ponte knit was thick enough. I made a bias binding for the neckline to finish the neckline, and  I also sewed  my sleeves in the flat, which made this dress such an easy dress.
I cut the back on the fold since I didn't add a zipper. Also a close up of the neckline
binding and the back darts...

   I already have plans for this dress this fall with a pair of cute ballet flats, or shoe booties, tights and  my black moto jacket, yasss honey! I've got plans lol.. If this dress is your type of style then I would certainly recommend it as fast and easy project.
 Ladies I hope you all have a wonderfully blessed week, and as always, Be Blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!

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  1. Cute shift dress and it looks great you.

  2. Well I certainly agree with everything you said about your knit dress - and I love it. I think there is nothing like wearing a cute, comfortable knit dress that you really love. Love your ideas for styling it in the fall too.

  3. Really cute!!! Stripes are like the new black or neutral and all those styling options sound so cute.

  4. I find the shift dress very comfortable. I love your version. It looks great on you.

  5. I really like it, the fit looks great on you too

  6. This look fabulous on you! I may have to try out this pattern with a ponte knit.

  7. I love this! What a nice fit, too. You make this pattern look way better then the envelope images. Smart choice with the ponte. This is a perfect dress to carry you from summer to winter.

  8. I love your version! I bought a knit fabric to use for this pattern too! Did you cut out the pattern in your normal size or a size larger? I was just wondering how generous the design ease is...

    -Ash P
    pksgirl1619 (at) yahoo (dot) com

    1. Thanks Ashley! I did have to size down a size due to using a knit.. I also cut the back on the fold since I left out the zipper due to sewing a knit...I hope this helps...