Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Simplicity 2444

This past weekend was a good one. I got several projects around my condo done, errands run and even finished a sewing project!
While browsing Joann's on Saturday, I came across this fabric from April Johnston's line. 
I liked it, but I wasn't sure what I would make with it, so I didn't pick it up (trying to resist the urge to hoard fabric!). Then later in the store I saw a repackage of Simplicity 2444 as Simplicity 0345 or something like that, which was just view A of this pattern below, and it was made in the above fabric. I decided this is what I would make with the fabric. Luckily Simplicity patterns were on sale at Joann's still, so I was able to get a copy of the full pattern for $1.99. I bought 2444 so I'd have the options of the neckline variations and sleeve variations in the future.

The dress sewed up really easily, I finished it in just a couple hours. The only change I made was to use pre-made bias tape instead of the facing the include in the pattern. This was just sheer laziness. I also used iron-on hem tape for the first time--not like stitch witchery, but a nice ribbon with adhesive on it that you use to finish a hem. Perhaps you all know what this is, I had never seen it before. I got it in a large lot of sewing notions at the Salvation Army several months ago. 

I wore the dress to work with a bright orange cardigan, a pink beaded necklace and nude suede wedges, all from Target! (I love that place). I felt very springy, even though it rained most of the day.

Here is the dress without the cardigan.You cant see the bias tape, and that's the idea! I really love how it fits, and I lucked out again and didn't make any alterations. I think I will put a dart or two around the neckline to get it to lay flat but otherwise it is good to go. Apparently I need a new hairdo.

Have you sewn this pattern? Did you like it?


  1. What a great dress! So versatile; I love a b&w print. Digging it with the orange and pink, too!

  2. Every crafter has a stash, whether it be yarn or fabric or...
    The dress looks lovely!

  3. I love it! I love the fabric as well!

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  5. Awesome projects. I've always wanted to learn how to sew and make dresses, especially when there were no options for plus-sized ladies in our country. Kudos to you! :)