Friday, January 28, 2011

Simplicity 2403

I'm moving in slow motion, as evidenced by the completion date of this dress: October something or other, 2010.

The dress I finished is Simplicity 2403.

I made the reddish one on the top right, without the belt. I had been looking for the perfect fabric for this dress for a while, but nothing tickled my fancy, until I found the most adorable mystery blend fabric at Hancock Fabrics: a dark brown with beige polka dots. I'm a sucker for polka dots. So I bought several yards, and set out to make the dress.

This is how it turned out:

So, it's a bit (lot) tight in the bust. I ought to have made a size bigger. And the sleeve bands are tight as well, but I'd like to think that it's from all the P90X I've been doing. You know, the weight lifting, the 1/4 pull-ups, the punching and flexing I do as I admire my guns...

But seriously: look how happy I am in this dress.

And here's a close-up so you can get a better view of the fabric. Cute, no?

My take on the pattern: it's a nice design. I would love my version a lot more if only I had lengthened it by about 2 inches (as it is, I have a hard time sitting down without indecency), and if I had made it one size bigger. Honestly, it's like I have no idea what I'm doing half the time when I'm sewing. You'd think I'd learn from one project and apply that knowledge to the next, but that doesn't seem to be in my make-up. 


  1. It looks smashing on you! Come sew for me; I can't get in the mood! :)

  2. Adorable! I love it. Much cuter than the pic for the pattern even.

  3. Gorgeous , I love the pleats on the skirt I hadn't noticed those before. I also love polka dots.

  4. I like it. I think it looks good on you. I completely understand about the wearing ease. But the P90X will re-shift things and you'll find things will probably fit more to your liking.

  5. Do your best and forget the rest :)

  6. What an adorable pattern and print. I have been mulling this one over for a while. I'll be sure to measure the tissue before I make it. Thanks for the heads up on the sizing.

  7. Very pretty dress! I've made this pattern twice and like it a lot. Your version is lovely - the polka dots are very cute.

  8. That's fantastic!!! It looks great on you!

  9. Out of everything.... I think this one is my absolute favorite. Honestly - I LOVE it!

  10. Love everything about it. Seriously. SUPER cute dress and material and the style is very much you.

  11. !! Love it! i've been looking for a great shirt dress pattern for ages and finally, through your blog, stumbled upon it! woot!

  12. Hello!
    I like your View A of Simplicity 2403! And the polka dot fabric is really fun!
    I made view B and you can see it in my blog!


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