Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A dress....Simplicity 3503

This dress is for one of my clients and the fabric is from me.... one of the African fabrics I have for sale. This particular fabric is from Ghana (West Africa) and its called AKOSOMBO. It's a very nice one, feels like linen and sews effortlessly...I love it.  I will be posting the newest African Fabrics I have for sale soon. The camera is not doing  justice to the color, its a beautiful combination of black, orange and blue.

I used Simplicity 3503, with modification. Since the fabric is cotton and the pattern is drafted for knit so I did flat measurement and draped it on the dress form first . Here is the outcome.

Fabric: African Fabric 100% cotton

Pattern Description: Misses' knit dress in 2 lengths with bodice variations

Pattern Sizing: (R5) 14-22. I cut size 14, usually I sew size 10 for this client but after the flat measurement it falls on 14
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?: Pretty much
Were the instructions easy to follow: Super easy , no wonder this pattern is rated best pattern of 2009, so easy to sew .
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: 
I lengthened the strap to make a criss-cross back, just a little touch to the style
Did lat pattern measurement for fit 
Used the selvage edge of the fabric to make the midriffsand
Put side zipper.......
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like everything ...Lovely and stylish. Highly recommend and great for beginners.
Enjoy the rest of the week...
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  1. This dress and the fabric are beautiful. Your client is lucky to have you for a designer/seamstress.

  2. Gorgeous!! I am particularly in love with the back!
    Great Job auntie.

  3. I love the crisscross back! inspiration :o)

  4. Very nice! U really love the way you did the cross cross back! Just lovely!

  5. What an absolutely stunning dress! It really makes the most of the print.

    Your African cotton fabric really caught my eye. I lived in the Ivory Coast of a year. In Abidjan there were so many shops selling these cottons. While I was there, it seemed that the most sought after fabrics were actually imported from Holland! It was a real status thing. I later lived in Holland for two years. I never saw these fabrics there (except on visiting Africans, of course.) They must have been made purely for export to Africa.

  6. Nice work on adjusting that pattern to a woven fabric. The dress turned out beautifully.

  7. That is my all time favorite maxi dress pattern! Love it.

  8. Ugh jealous beyond belief right now. that fabric is beautiful. No way I would have shared that fabric.
    I also love the details on the dress the back is the best part

  9. @Karin, you are right I guess most of those fabric from Holland are made specifically for African market, they call them Hollandis and they are so great they look new always no matter how many times you've washed them. I have more beautiful designs, so it was easy to share....

  10. Beautiful fabric and dress! A co-worker friend just bought me back 10 pcs from Sierra Leone, I was so grateful! You've inspired me to make a few dresses out them.

  11. This is simply stunning. I love the style and your work has really paid off.

  12. Thank you all for all your wonderful comments. The client got the dress yesterday and she's absolutely love it. Guess I should make one for myself too.....wink