Sunday, May 8, 2011

Simplicity 3882

Good Morning and Happy Mother's Day!  Let me start out by saying thank you to everyone who left a comment on my last post.  I was planning to wear my new dress today, but it has been a bit overcast and blustery the last couple of days, and I think I want to save it for a beautiful, bright, sunny, day.  Our guests are safely back home now, and the week spent together was a time to reconnect and remember how much we love and miss one another.  It had been about 4 years since we last saw some of them. I am so thankful for the time we had together.  

I will share a photo of yet another beach park we often frequent on the west side of the island near Lahaina toward the end of my post, but for now, I'd like to share Simplicity 3882.  I had a feeling I would love this style on me.  I think it works great for small busted gals.  I used my second to last cut of colorful matte jersey from Fabric.com.  I wasn't sure I would like these colors on me, particularly the chartreuse, but I think it works okay because the neckline is quite open, therefore the colors are not so close to my face.  I do love the bold print, and it's another excuse to wear my wedges and leggings, a look I adore.
I made view A, but left off the bubble hem.  I cut a size 4 on the main body of the dress.  There is an awful lot of ease.   On the front and back band I cut between a size 10 and 12 to get the exact measurement of my chest there.  On the straps I cut a size 12, but needed to shorten them so that I had a snug fit over my shoulders.  I placed the straps so that my bra straps would be covered when I wear this.  I interfaced the front and back bands and the straps with Pro-Sheer Elegance in black.  I have not had a problem with bubbling on previous garments where I have used this on polyester matte jersey.  The pattern doesn't include a tie for the waist, but I think I prefer one.  Here is the look without the tie.  The picture doesn't really show the nice flow of the fabric when you wear it without the tie.  I guess it depends on what kind of mood you are in whether you'd want to wear it with the tie or not.  
The way Simplicity has you construct the straps is genious.  The straps don't move and they look very crisp and professional at the top edge of the front band.  I had never made a dress with straps attached in this way.  Here are two photos showing the inside of the straps before you fold the front band down and after.  By stitching in the center, across the band, then folding the front band down, the straps are securely and neatly attached to the top of the dress.  
This polyester matter jersey and dress style is also great for the beach.  It serves as a stylish swimsuit cover and the fabric doesn't pick up grains of sand.  That makes it nice for when you are finished at the beach.  A quick shake of the dress, throw it on, and you are ready to go to public places!
Styled for the beach!  The green bag is available in my Etsy Shop.  Free shipping this weekend when you use coupon code: onitsway!
Here is a  picture of Launiupoko Beach Park.  A great place to surf, hang out with your keiki in the man-made lava rock pool, or enjoy a bbq with friends.   You will also see humpback whales breaching and blowing water during whale season from about late October to late April.  The island of Lanai is in the background. 
  
*Updated 5/9/11 to add a clearer picture on the front view of the dress.

34 comments:

JoanneM said...

Gorgeous colors on you!

Karin said...

Great summer dress! Very cute with leggings and booties.

Jemajo said...

I love the dress and the fabric colours! I'm just starting to sew with knits myself and am pretty impressed with how great they are to knit with, but very confused as how the fabrics knit up in reality (most fabric names are new to me). Thanks for the links to your fabrics. They are a help!

Beth (SunnyGal Studio) said...

great beach dress!

Justlikeaboughtone said...

Beautiful dress. I imagine it will get a lot of wear over the summer. I love the photo of Launiupoko Beach Park. A perfect place for a swim and how amazing it must be to see the whales.

Shari said...

Wonderful summer dress! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Vanessa said...

What a lovely outfit! I love the top paired with the leggings, it looks great! And the colors are fabulous! Happy Mother's Day to you too!

Eugenia said...

Great looking dress, just right for the beach, especially in that lovely bright fabric!

Rebecca said...

Such a pretty dress! I love the colorful, cheery fabric. :]

Faye Lewis said...

I love your dress. The colors really pop.

Lisette M said...

The dress looks great styled both ways.

Lori said...

Great dress, you look fantastic in the dress both ways. Also, beautiful beach.

Dharma said...

The dress is very cute! Love the shoes. Launiupoko beach looks soooo
wonderful.

KID, MD said...

So cute! Those bright colors are perfect for the beach and the flowy style is wonderful.

Mary said...

It's overcast here also-your cute new dress will add some color and sunshine to your day:-)

Myra said...

I agree this is a really cute dress! Love the colors and I really like how you paired it with the leggings and those fabulous wedges!!!

a little sewing said...

Love it, love it, love it.

The print is so fun - the chartreuse is fine! really, it looks just great with all the other colors.
The leggings and shoes - perfection!!

As always, I loved seeing a pic of your scenery!

Linda said...

I love this on you! Great looking fabric. This pattern is truly versatile.

B.Oxy said...

Mushy, you are so beautiful! this print looks adorable. And your outfit is fantastic. I love it!

knitmachinequeen (KMQ) said...

The dress is nice but the shoes are killer!

Handmade said...

Great dress - great print!

Sue said...

The dress is great and I love how you styled it (both ways)!

Trudy Callan said...

Absolutely adorable and versatile with the option of wearing it with or without the leggings. Totally loving the fun and bold color scheme.

Opal said...

I love your dress and the fabric is very pretty.

Sheila said...

Great dress/tunic and the colors scream fun & flirty.

gwensews said...

Your dressis amazing, with or without tights! I always enjoy your scenic photos, too. I love seeing Hawaii, and hope someday I can see it in person.

Sue said...

Love that print, and yes I agree with you, it looks the absolute best with the tie at the waist. With or without the leggings is great too.

Texan said...

VERY cute! It looks really good on you as do the colors! Nice you can wear it a few different ways!

Carolyn said...

It's just gorgeous! I think I like it without the tie too...

Rūta said...

the fabric is very interesting, beautiful dress. I love that outfit with green bag when the dress is tied.

Caroline said...

What a pretty dress! I really like it as a beach cover up. Much nicer than my method of wrapping a towel around myself and running to the car .... it's pretty dressed up too!

I don't like driving on overpasses like that either - so glad I don't have to anymore! Here we just have normal bridges and ramps ...

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Gorgeous dress!

Cennetta said...

This is such a cute outfit. I need one. Great spring/summer colors.

amber said...

What a fun and pretty dress. I like all the different ways you styled it, too. We're headed back to Maui in 2 weeks and seeing pictures of the beach and water are making me that much more anxious to be there already. :)