Sunday, August 18, 2013

Simplicity 1881

Leftovers can make cute things too!

I've nicknamed this dress "The Circus Tent" because I think that's what it ended up resembling.
It's cute, but definitely looks like a circus tent.  This pattern is meant to be made out of a knit fabric, but I had a woven on hand.  I made a muslin and needed to add about 3/8" to a size 12 pattern to accommodate the woven material. 

The main circle material is a rayon fabric left over from a top I had already constructed and I was determined to not buy anything to complete the dress - so I headed to my stash to see what I had.

I had some green linen that just happened to match the green in the circle print so I used that as well. 

The dress has a center zip down the back.  I had a metal white zipper on hand - not my favorite, but it was in the stash so I wanted to use it up.  The lining is some cheap polyester lining I already had on hand as well.

I decided to include piping along the neck band and the midriff band.  The piping material is a multi-stripe quilting cotton, again, left over from a previous project. 

Here's a close up of the piping and the green midriff band.

I also decided to make some earrings to match.  These are made from stacking buttons and adding some posts with beads on the bottom.

All in all, I think it's kind of cute, but it still reminds me of a circus tent.


Happy Sewing!

1 comment:

  1. I think it looks very nice & not like a circus tent at all. And I love the piping detail.