Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Hopefully like me you have the day off today or were at least able to get up to something good this weekend. I spent my holiday weekend sewing up my first sundress of the season with Mimi G’s new Simplicity 8123 pattern. Plus, I was finally able to use this gorgeous linen fabric I bought at Textile Fabrics in Nashville last year. For construction details, read on.
The best thing about Mimi’s patterns is that all of her patterns feature a step-by-step video guide through the Simplicity channel on Youtube. Even if you do not plan on making this dress anytime soon, I highly recommend you watch her video if for nothing else but her invisible zipper installation. It’s genius and I won’t insert an invisible zipper any other way now. Mimi G Video Tutorial
I watched the forty minute video before I cut my fabric. I learned that she cut her bodice in a size 10 and the skirt in a 12. Since neither of us are particularly busty and she appears to have a similar waistline as me, I decided to copy her and cut out the same sizes. I figured I could make any fit adjustments as I went along. I also underlined my pattern pieces with a linen blend I picked up at Joann’s. If I did not underline, my dress would be see through. Underlining provides some stability to your garment and makes a sheer fabric more opaque. The inside of the dress is as so:
The dress appears to be a button up dress. However, it is actually a faux button up dress. It does not open up from the front. Therefore, I decided to forego button holes and just stitch on some muted buttons.
The buttons run down the length of the dress.
I also hemmed the dress using my favorite method: double fold bias tape.
And for the finishing touch I stitched on my beautiful label.
All in all I’m quite pleased and would highly recommend this pattern or any of Mimi G’s other patterns.
My boyfriend was doing yard work as I was snapping some pictures so I invited him to join me for a shot. He struck his best supermodel pose.
I’m glad it’s almost June. It will be a busy month of sewing. I need to make my friend Brad a shirt and it’s Indie Pattern Month over at The Monthly Stitch. Will you be participating?