Jun 20, 2012

Desperately Seeking Pattern

Hey friends. I was just thinking to myself how lonely my sewing life would be without all of you. I have zero real-life friends who sew in NYC (and even among my long list of friends in the various Canadian cities in which I've lived I have few friends who count sewing as a hobby).

That's why our little online sewing community is so precious. And why I feel so guilty when I take more than I give. But here I am again, asking for help.

A friend of mine is asking if I can replicate a dress she saw online, and in the short time I would have (I haven't agreed to it yet) I think it would be prudent to use a commercial pattern rather than draft one of my own (which would demand time for measuring her and fittings, changes, etc). I did some searching this morning and have yet to find anything that would really work, though there are a few that are sort of reminiscent of this, her coveted dream dress:

She doesn't want sequins though, which is a relief, because I hear sewing them is a real pain. But it would be jersey of some sort...a box pleat along the neckline...side slit...and pockets (but those are easy to add even if the pattern doesn't include them).

So any thoughts/recommendations? Two patterns I can splice together?


  1. It reminds me a bit of this: http://www.simplicity.com/p-5862-misses-dresses-hat-bag.aspx#t-0

    Just way more elegant.

  2. Vogue 1236 is pretty similar. It would just need to be made longer and the belt left off.

  3. i know you want a pattern, but dude. i would put two long rectangles together (the front one wider then the back to accommodate the box pleat), sew up the sides and call it a day. and if you get $2/yard jersey at chic to try it out, no harm... well, 4 to 6 bucks worth of harm...

    from the pics it looks like a straight shot at the side seams, is there a curve in there?

    you might want to think about jersey weight & pockets-- lighter weights kinda make the pockets saggy (ask me how i know).

  4. No suggestions here, just amazement that you don't have tons of NYC sewing friends, being the popular blogger that you are. NYC sewers actually exist! It is a little hard to find them but trust me, they're there.

    1. Aw, I know they do. I just haven't had the chance to meet any (other than Peter, at his meet-up last summer. But he's, like, a celeb). Sniffle. But I have you guys. xo

  5. Vogue 8486, it is out of print but you are in luck because it is on sale for $1.99 on the website. All you have to do is lengthen it.



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