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Happy Birthday Shirt For Mom and SW Hat Dress

I’ve done it again! Made Simplicity 2418, that is. This is my fifth time around sewing it, and I’ve got a sixth on the way for myself, only I lengthened it into a dress.


I finished the seams a little differently, just whipstitched, but other than that I constructed it the same as my own. My mom picked out the fabric at JoAnn’s and it works great with the pattern because it is a tad stiffer than the two fabrics I’ve used in my own.


 On a more depressing note, I’ve done my right thumb in with all the hand stitching and knitting I’ve been doing and so I probably won’t be getting around to making my Sew Weekly Challenge project this week. Never mind that the sewing gods were pulling it all together for me! I was going to make the infamous Butterick 4790 (walk-away dress) and even found 6 yards of gorgeous quilter’s cotton by M’Liss at Savers for $4.99…I had previously bought some fabric from the same collection a few years ago for about $9.99/yd from the JoAnns. I’ve also got some Built By Wendy pants on the sewing table and a 1970s UFO that would also serve for the SW challenge if I really felt like it. Also, for those of you not participating in the Sew Weekly Sewing Circle, I forgot to post this dress!


The challenge was to make a dress to match a hat we own! I was very excited for this one, especially as I had started the dress a few weeks before. It matches the pillbox that I also happen to have made. The dress is fully lined in the bodice and has a free hanging lining in the skirt. I omitted the facings and opted to bias bind the edges.

Fabric: Thrifted sheet and scraps from another sheet for the lining ($2.99)
Pattern: Simplicity 2209, Lisette “Passport” Dress ($1.99)
Notions: Zipper, thrifted ($.69)
Time: Not sure, I basically drafted the bodice front from scratch using my own sloper, and that took ages!

6 thoughts on “Happy Birthday Shirt For Mom and SW Hat Dress

  1. Your mom's blouse is gorgeous. It's a flattering style, I think.

    And I'm enjoying seeing people's different versions of the Passport dress.


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