Christmas Simplicity

Can you believe it’s officially a new year? Where does time go? The second half of 2019 brought a few life changes with homeschool, autoimmune issues, and a new part-time job for a small marketing start-up. As we venture into 2020, I think I’m finally finding my “groove.”

When Vicki (of Minerva Crafts) approached me to sew something with one of her fabrics last fall, I was thrilled. When I came across this lovely tartain plaid, I knew I had to have it in my wardrobe. The fabric has great drape, but it does fray fairly easily. I serged my pattern pieces as I cut them and sewed my usual French seams.

I originally considered making the skirt from Simplicity 1366 (out of print) or View E of M7131, but immediately changed course when I came across Simplicity 9012. I have been eyeing this Cynthia Rowley dress for a couple of years now, so when I stumbled on the pattern last fall, I knew I had to make it. It’s very similar to the original designer dress, and I considered modifying the pattern to add the ruffle to the hem, but decided to stay true to the pattern design.

The pattern is a classic peasant style dress with a three part sleeve. If you’re looking for a nice, easy sew, this is perfect! With my limited sewing time these days, this was very much a welcome sew. I had hoped to have this sewn during Thanksgiving break, but life happened and I finished it in time for Christmas Day.

I glanced at the instructions after I made the dress, and although it is easy, a true beginner might struggle since it doesn’t give directions on how to sew a casing for the neckline. I also made a wider bias tape to allow room for my bodkin to slide through.

Even thought I missed the opportunity to wear it throughout the holiday season, I’ve worn it church and brunch. I also plan to wear it a few more times before it goes into storage until next winter. It’s a bit more billowy than I anticipated, but also so comfy! It’s also easy to dress up or down with different shoes and accessories.

What are sewing this month? Next in my sewing queue is a denim garment for #sewyourwardrobebasics with Sea of Teal. January’s theme is denim, and I’m so tempted to make a pair of Landers, but I know that I would get more wear out of a dress.