Saturday, October 15, 2011

Simplicity 5034 wrap dress in progress.

~ I am sewing view 4 ~

Do you ever embark on sewing projects that end up causing you more trouble than you anticipated??? 

I purchased this fabric with the intention of 'whipping up' this wrap dress. Boy was I wrong. This dress has now taken more that two weeks of intermittent sewing to get to this point...

Problems I have had thus far:
* I could not get the pleats and darts on the skirt right. I swear I followed the pattern correctly but the skirt ended up being much wider than the bodice. Also, when worn, all the pleats added a lot of weight to the hips, so I removed most of them.
* I lowered the neckline, because it was seriously choking me.
* It turns out my shoulder to waist measurement is quite short, or I have a high waist, and this is a problem when sewing a dress that wraps at the back. When first made up the back gaped terribly! I threw the dress in a ball in the corner of my sewing room for a week, then my mother-in-law suggested I raise the waist - duh of course! I raised the waist a couple of inches and good bye gaping back!

Simultaneous to this project I am making some summer pyjama shorts (or pajama if your in the US)... a quick project that is guaranteed to work.

All I have left to do on my dress is sew on the bias binding, attach the ties, and then hem. Hopefully I will get this done by the end of the weekend.

Sam xox


  1. Heh, good luck with finishing the errant dress!

  2. Hope you are having an easier time now, getting your dress finished.
    My youngest daughter is a PSAW (Personal Support Worker) in a Nursing home. She wears "scrubs", all the elderly residents love bright colours and patterns, so I have just completed and scrub top for dd2 for her to wear during the Halloween season. The colourful fabric has ghosts and goblins, pumpkins, bats and witches all over it.

  3. Lovely pattern. Hope it finishes up the way you want it.

  4. I know too well the frustration that leads to projects being thrown into corners! When you can't get something right, sometimes it's best to just ignore it for a while and come back to it fresh :)