When I find a pattern that I really like, I will make multiples. Does that ever happen to you? So, if you remember, I posted my colourful Simplicity dress, here. Well I couldn't resist making several others. I made some minor modifications to these dress. I added an additional 2 panels to the skirt to get a more full look.
|used a light cotton with a bit of stretch|
|used a light denim with stretch for the bodice and cotton for the skirt|
|used a floral rayon.|
In the case of the yellow dress, I went with a basic gathered skirt and attached this to the bodice of the Simplicity pattern. To make the gathered skirts, I cut a basic rectangle from the material using the following measurements:
My waist measurements x 3
28" x 3 = 84"
Take that calculations divide by 4 (representing the front and back pieces)
84/4 = 21"
I also measured the length that I wanted for my skirt-- 18"
Now I know that my pattern piece would be 21" x 18". I cut the front and back pieces on the fold. With the back piece, I cut that piece in two (at the fold) to create a seam in the back. I sewed my side seams. I serged and hemmed the skirt THEN I gathered. Once the gathering was complete, I attached the skirt to the bodice and adjusted the gathered so they were even.