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Pattern: Simplicity 2245
Version: B - the dress
Modification: no yoke; no cuffs; French seams; custom sizing; no neck placket
Recommend: if you can find it, buy it, make it, wear it, love it
Simplicity 2245, the dress version, was first made by me last June and worn to shreds throughout the summer to the point of seams giving way. I loved the dress to death. It was comfortable, cool, and quick to pull on in the morning to run errands and walk the dog. After the summer was over, the dress was put to rest knowing that it could never be worn again---mainly because the back seam at the butt had given way.
|The 3 Hour Dress|
|seam stress at armhole|
Three hours, that is all it took to make the first dress from this pattern. The second version took a bit longer, because I redrafted the pattern to fit me better, that is to say looser. By the time I started sewing, it was dark outside. It was also dark in the sewing room (must get light bulbs). I completed the dress that night; all except the bias. The next morning, I woke up with an unusual manicure. The tips were dark blue and faded to natural at the base. Well, after breakfast, I started the bias installation and soon discovered the blue dye went everywhere. E.V.E.R.Y.W.H.E.R.E. Even after prewashing the dark blue dye transferred easily. I set out to wash the dress again. Well, after multiple trips through the heavy-duty washing cycle and hand washing for what seemed like ten hours, there was no getting pass the crocking of this dress and so as a last resort I bleach the thing. Ha, problem fixed; there is no dye transfer, but can I wear it out in public. Probably not??? The un-bleach spots are a little awkward.
So, the following day I headed to trusty JoAnn Fabric and Crafts and bought more (different) dark blue chambray, pre-washed the fabric in hot, hot, hot water twice, and recut the pattern. For the third version, I eliminated the back seam (at first, than later put it back in) and used jean top-stitching thread to complete the project in roughly three hours. The neckline and arms were finished with 1.5 inch self-cut bias strips. The other seams were finished with French seams or felted. This dress is an easy sew; honestly, the toughest part is top-stitching which there is absolutely no reason to do other than to be decorative. The most striking feature of this dress is the curved pockets, which is crazy simple to make.
Simplicity 2245 will defiantly be made again. It is the perfect dress for my lifestyle, encompassing comfort to the letter. Now that I have tailored the fit, there is nothing I would change about the pattern. Obviously, I recommend it to you too. Chambray makes a lovely dress, but I may have to complete a linen version before summers end.