Sunday, March 22, 2015

Mortem's Tricks or Treats: The People Have Spoken-- Simplicity 1459 Cont.

Well, I added all the votes in; the few who used the poll to those who gave me their vote through comments or verbally-- it would seem the sleeves have won.

I got it done on Saturday after binge watching Scrubs on Netflix; I finally have the dress that has been put off for nearly 7 months. In my humble opinion, binge watching any show facilitates the best sessions of sewing.


Simplicity 1459, or as I like to call it 'Dress Interrupted', is what I would consider an intermediate pattern. It has some fiddly bits; especially when it comes to the facings of the collar, the collar itself, and the sleeve facings. Overall, though, not a headache but a good and rewarding challenge. You'll definitely take a lot away to use in future sewing projects.

The instructions are pretty clear and understandable; I didn't read them all the way through, just the portion on attaching the collar to the neckline and facing.


Any alterations I have made were customary, and not for any major errors in the pattern itself. I shortened the length of sleeve and skirt in accordance to my proportions and did my usual SBA. After all this it came out exactly as the image on the pattern envelope.

My only complaints are with the notions it asks you to use; the side zip should've been drafted with an invisible zipper in mind, and I would have done it myself had this dress not already been in the queue for as long as it has. However, the lapped zipper does suffice, and it's only noticeable if you're looking for it. The pattern also has you using only two 1" buttons, but I much prefer the modesty of three 3/4" buttons. The lightweight interfacing for the facings are good, but to give the collar the extra crispness of a true vintage garment, you would need to use a heavier weight.

I also would've added more to it, like little lace appliques on the collar, but once again this was pending for too long.
When enough time elapses, I find it increasingly hard to give a project my 'all' and seek for it to end as quickly as possible so that I may continue with my latest obsession. You see, this is why I tend to finish whatever I am working on fairly quickly and precisely, because it's like I'm racing my own desires.
Yes, it is a pretty major short coming from someone who lives and breathes sewing... but what can I say, I have been known to be rather impulsive at times.

In the beginning, it was intended for a gender-swapped Beetlejuice costume, but since I neglected even the small details, such as the horizontal striping of his suit sleeves, it is now merely a 50's inspired cocktail dress that is very vaguely gothic-esque; as it is, the dress makes a very good dress to either "goth up" with accessories, or keep it simple and classy for more formal events.

Thank you to all those who gave me your "two cents"-- it is much appreciated.
And because I now want a sleeveless dress, my next project is locked in!

Spook ya later!



18 comments:

  1. I love it! Great job! :) I've been binge watching while I sew too. I watched Land Girls, although I'm not terribly into it, it's just nice to have something on while I work. It's funny that you mentioned the interfacing for the collar, I'm working on a 50's blouse right now and I was totally shocked to find the pattern doesn't use interfacing at all! I used a touch of lightweight interfacing in my collar only because I wanted to hide the seams (the seams were showing right through, every little clip in the curve XP). I'm going to give it a try without interfacing next time and see what the difference is. I'm told it works really well (???) so I'm curious to see if it holds up.

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    1. It's so funny, because I have been basing the number of hours till completion by how many episodes of whatever I am watching it will take! Heheh.

      That is curious that the blouse doesn't require interfacing, but I guess not all garments need it necessarily-- my concern with that is how the unfinished seams will hold up to washing.
      I love 50's inspired clothing, so I definitely can't wait to see what you have sewn up there =P

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  2. Love the dress and you look fantastic in it! :)

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  3. Now THAT version is you ... fantastic, Madame MM! Although I voted for no sleeves, I think I may have been wrong. ;)

    'When enough time elapses, I find it increasingly hard to give a project my 'all' and seek for it to end as quickly as possible so that I may continue with my latest obsession' ... yup, I hear ya.

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    1. Thanks! I am fairly happy with it. Really wish I had it for last year... but ah well.

      I think that's an inherent trait for people with multiple hobbies, haha.

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  4. gender swapped beetlejuice sounds like a great idea though (but still, pretty dress!)

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    1. It was a glorious image in my head; who knows, I may yet manifest this idea with a few tweaks.
      Thank you!

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  5. The is really cool, I love the stripes and the dramatic black collar! Don't worry about taking long to finish projects, I have a half finished jacket laying around that I have not touchedfor years... *blushes*

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    1. I suppose I can see it as this: I have so much clothes I am truthfully starting to wonder if the wall will support the weight of the closet rods. I have to triple up each hanger, and I have still filled a walk in closet and a very large dresser.

      So I suppose having a couple dangling UFO's is not necessarily a bad idea at this point lol.

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  6. Aaaw, this dress is adorable and vampish in the same time and you look amazing in it! :)

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  7. What a cute dress! It's perfect for you!

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  8. Awesome! I love your choice of fabric.

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