One of my favorite dress patterns, I’ve made three versions of Simplicity 7213 so far, and even worn one of them out. This is the newer of my two other versions of the dress, done in the shorter length with long sleeves. It is made out of a clean, old, black cotton sheet. I made some minor adjustments to the pattern: I raised the neckline very slightly by using a smaller seam allowance when sewing the neck, I lowered the right shoulder just a little bit at the neckline (and did the same for the facing pattern piece) since I was having some very slight gaping in my first version of the dress, and I drafted plain cuffs instead of using the tie-cuffs the original pattern has. One of the interesting features of this pattern is that it does not call for any interfacing at all: not for the facings, the cuff, or anything else. Perhaps they intended a softer, less structured look?
It may be hard to see some of the details in these photos, which were taken inside (with lots of help from Gia, who managed to get in most of the photos to keep me company) on yet another cloudy, cold day. The dress has a pretty gathered yoke detail at the shoulders, a slightly curved v-neckline, a slightly raised waist, and a gathered paneled skirt. I did a lot of edge-stitching on the neckline and bodice, both to keep the seams flat and facing the right directions after I wash it, and as a decorative detail. I love how comfortable this dress is to wear. I’m sure I’ll be making more versions in the future.
Mr and Mrs Rat
Mr and Mrs Rat like to sew