Simplicity 2580 »
Type of item: Clothing
Style: Ethnic, Romantic, Classic, Casual
Stretch knit fabric
What was your inspiration?
We were planning a trip to Key West and I wanted a dress that I could wear to the beach and then later to a restaurant without feeling underdressed.
By the way, I did actually ride the bicycle in this dress after the photo.
What are you most proud of?
I found this fabric for $8 total - the catch? - there was only 1 1/2 yards and it had a big sticker stuck to it. I got the sticker off with some gentle rubbing with vegetable oil. The 1 1/2 yards made cutting the obvious diagonals of this dress very challenging. After some experimentation and a little pattern alteration, I found enough fabric to make this work - woot!
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
I've made this pattern a couple of times now and I think it's a great basic dress (although it's listed as a 'Special Occasion' pattern). I think this cowl top (View D) would be the most universally flattering of the view options.