Last week was our pastor’s 6th anniversary and there was a week long celebration. Each day a different color was chosen for all to wear to the festivities. Ah, yes! the perfect excuse to make stuff. I didn’t have a coral or a blue dress to wear so I decided to challenge myself to make them. All week people asked me if I had made what I was wearing. A crafters dream! Yes I made them, quirks. mistakes, and all.
Quilter’s cotton was the fabric of choice this time keeping the cost down.
For the coral dress I made Simplicity 2444 with the contrasting cape collar and matching waist tie.
I decided to use muslin as a lining to give the dress some weight. This dress was easy to sew and had some ineresting waist darts and pleats in the skirt. I like the pockets on this one too, nice and generous enough to stash your keys and emergency candy in them.
For the blue dress I used Simplicity 3877. The dress has 8 godets in the skirt which gives the otherwise simple design lots of movement. There are lots of style configurations to explore with this pattern. Different sleeves, sashes, bodices and skirt lengths.
This dress will get a lot of wear for sure. It was surprisingly easy to make although my mandarin collar came out less than perfect. The front opening rolls outward in the front instead of sitting against my neck. If I make it again I will do the mock wrap variation.
I didn’t have time to make anything with lavendar so I wore a skirt that I already owned with a top I made a few months ago with Lutterloh pattern 87. It’s a simple wrap top with shoulder darts. The fabric is from an old sateen sheet set I had. I forgot how much I really like this top. Need another ASAP.
I have had an fascination with handcrafted textiles since before I can remember. The most influential women in my life have been skilled at sewing and needlecrafts. This includes great grandmother Mattie and grandma Arelia who was ever encouraging and proud of her “sweet pea” as I attempted my first projects at the age of 11.
Starting with braid weaving, then progressing to sewing, then crochet I was on my way. I received a bachelors in Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising from Eastern Michigan University in 2006. Over the years I have picked up knitting, loom weaving, embroidery and finally spinning every type of fiber I can get my hands on.
The process of creating using traditional techniques has brought me much joy and fulfillment over the years and I hope to inspire others to explore our heritage skills through my sharing.
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2 thoughts on “Yes, I made this too: Simplicity 2444, Simplicty 3877, Lutterloh 87”
Oh I *love* that last top! The rest is all wonderful as well, but that cross-over top is just fantastic! 🙂
Thanks, I definately want to try more Lutterloh patterns. The style is really different from what we find in big 4 brands