Whenever I pull on my double gauze Tantalising Tulips dress I think, Dang! This is a nice dress. I really need to sew another one. Then I saw this cotton sateen selling for £3 a metre from The Man Outside Sainsburys. Can you believe I nearly walked away from it? Thank goodness I came to my senses and bought a couple of metres.
I then hit a weekend where I had no plans and the need to distract myself with some meditative sewing. The Simplicity 1882 ticked several boxes:
- I’d sewn it twice before.
- Which meant all fitting issues had already been addressed.
- It didn’t need lining.
- I loved it!
So, with no need to make a toile, I plunged straight in. This is such a sweet pattern. The several pattern pieces break up a heavy print. It has a sweet collar and bow and – if I’d bought more than two metres of fabric – really excellent pockets. But two metres wasn’t quite enough, and even with some fabric and pattern jigsaw manoeuvres, I couldn’t squeeze pockets out of this make.
It’s worth taking the time to hand sew your hems. Hand stitches sink into this cotton sateen, hiding from view. Cotton sateen is an extraordinarily forgiving fabric that is easy to work with, can be tossed into the washing machine and has that bit of stretch that makes life more comfortable. It also has great density of colour and is pretty affordable.
Every step of the way on this dress I kept thinking, Something’s going to trip me up. I waited for something to go wrong. It never happened. The zip went in first time. There were no problems with fitting. I didn’t even have to rip out a sleeve! I felt as though this dress was telling me something.
Well, one thing it did tell me is that if you have a pattern you like, that fits well and you know how to sew – why waste time reinventing the wheel? At least now I know how Dolly Clackett knocks out a dress in a weekend, often returning to well-loved patterns. There are no flies on that woman. She knows what she likes and she likes what she sews. Not a bad recipe for life.