Pattern Review: Simplicity 3803, Day Gown

20 Jun

Sunday phone call re-enactment

“Hi Nicegirl”
“Hey Cidell”
“So, I finished the Simplcity day gown in seersucker and I don’t know how long I should keep it. It feels really long.”
“Well, when is the last time you wore a floor length gown? Maybe you just need to get used to it.”

Truth be told, the last time I wore a floor length gown is when a girlfriend and I had too many mango margaritas over lunch and went to a bridal store to make fun of ugly wedding dresses.

Luckily, this is one floor length gown that is not ugly. I love my dress! I’m thrilled I have a party to wear it to this weekend.

I made two chanages from the pattern. The back is actually a key hole opening. I chose to ignore that design feature and just put a 22 inch invisible zip all the way up. I honestly didn’t realize it was keyhole until I saw the sewing diagram. I also put in a batist lining for the skirt. I thought the seersucker would be a little rough and worried about the skirt going between my legs.

Seersucker is big this year as are maxi dresses. I’m feeling very J.Crew in this. Like I just walked off the set of a modern Great Gatsby.

By the time I finished hemming tonight, it was 89 degrees in my house. Sweltering. But, with the cool batiste lining, I felt all sugar and light. That could have been the sewing high. Because when the dress came off I went and hauled my window unit up from the basement.

I can’t explain the goofy pose above. But, I think it’s rather funny. Plus, you can see the fabric a little better.

Alright. That’s my first of three seersucker summer things. Up next are some pants.

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22 Responses to “Pattern Review: Simplicity 3803, Day Gown”

  1. Tope June 20, 2007 at 01:50 #

    Wow, I love that dress! I’m a little skeptical of maxi dresses in general but it looks fantastic on you.

  2. Carolyn (cmarie12) June 20, 2007 at 01:51 #

    Cidell ~ it is very pretty and regal! I am sure you will enjoy wearing this to your party on Saturday!

  3. Stephanie Lynn June 20, 2007 at 02:22 #

    It looks great. I really like how you did the angled lines for the bodice. I also didn’t realize there was a keyhole opening in the pattern until I got to that part in the directions. I really think they should have highlighted that by showing the back view on the cover. Oh well, I still like the dress!

  4. christina June 20, 2007 at 02:30 #

    Easy, flowy, summery… lovely!

  5. Mardel June 20, 2007 at 02:35 #

    The dress looks really nice on you and it looks perfect for a summer party.

  6. Anonymous June 20, 2007 at 02:56 #

    That *is* sugar and light! So gorgeous and fresh and I think the pose is not at all goofy — just the Gatsby spirit of the frock manifesting itself. Or something metaphysical like that …

    Man I’m jealous. I gotta post a review and do some more sewing! And also get over the wearing-a-dress angst. I’m a stay at home mom and if I can’t climb on the jungle jim in it, I get funny looks. Not that it should matter …

    Anyway, knock ‘em dead at the party, you are fabulous!!

  7. gold June 20, 2007 at 03:47 #

    Looks great on you!!I haven’t had on a floorlenth dress since my prom!But I am liking this dress.Once again great job!!

  8. Geek Sewing June 20, 2007 at 03:58 #

    You look very pretty, Cidell. And, I agree, that seersucker is very popular this summer. Lucky mag featured a dress very much like yours but in yellow. Have fun feeling cool at the party!

  9. Erica B. June 20, 2007 at 04:08 #

    That is so pretty I love it. I hope I get a chance to make one of these before Summer’s over. You look great!

  10. yaiAnn June 20, 2007 at 07:21 #

    I would never have thought to use seersucker for this! I just bought some and may have to use this to make the short version of it before I make the long one! It’s gorgeous!

  11. Isabelle June 20, 2007 at 07:22 #

    It looks so much better than the dresses on the pattern cover! Great job!

  12. Tany June 20, 2007 at 08:18 #

    It looks stunning! I’m also planning on making a sort of floor length gown but using knit fabric instead. I see a lot of these dresses on RTW stores and I’m in love with the style! I think it goes very well with your tall and elegant figure!

  13. Hannah June 20, 2007 at 09:07 #

    Gorgeous dress. I shall be making the shorter version asap and if that also has a keyhole thingy I shall be missing it out also, can’t say I particularly want one!

  14. Marji June 20, 2007 at 12:39 #

    I’ve got to smile big.
    First, the dress is very cute. Enjoy it.
    Second, I wore maxi dresses, in seersucker, in eyelet, in cottons, in the 70′s. All the time. Not “going out”, but just, all the time.
    Back then I measured hemlines either by bending my fingertips to touch my thighs (about the length of short shorts really….) or to the floor. No in between.
    No one can tell me the late 70′s/early 80′s aren’t on their way back!

  15. dawn June 20, 2007 at 12:44 #

    Cidell, it’s really lovely on you. I think you should make two more. One a short version. And one a “cocktail” version for winter holiday parties. OK?

    p.s. Did you see the white maxi dress on JCrew for $2450???

  16. Adrienne June 20, 2007 at 13:38 #

    Looks wonderful!!! I love your fabric choice!

  17. cidell June 20, 2007 at 13:43 #

    Tope, I was fairly skeptical too. I feel like I’ve only seen college girls in them!

    Stephanie Lynn, I want to see yours!

    Gold, I wore knee lengh dresses for almot all my proms.

    GeekSewing, I actually saw an ad for a red and white maxi seersucker. But, of course I couldn’t find it when it was time to post. I need to resubscribe to Lucky

    Yaiann, It’s going to be lovely. It feels really new and fresh in seersucker

    Tany, I wanted knot at first with a surplice top. But, I hate wearing strapless bras. I know yours will be stunning.

    Hannah, MAKE IT. Really, it’s sooooo easy.

    Marji, THANK YOU for your tips and help. I really wanted to wear this to work but it still feels kind of ‘different’. I hope this is a dress I wear for years.

    Dawn, I did! J.Crew a few years ago redid their line and raised all of thier prices to bring a higher end image. It just has me sitting outside the stoe looking in like a lost puppy!

  18. Marisa June 20, 2007 at 19:37 #

    Beautiful dress! I love it.

  19. ambika June 20, 2007 at 20:23 #

    This looks *fabulous*–as a shorty, I’m leery of the loooong dresses but you look so elegant!

  20. The J June 20, 2007 at 20:54 #

    Oh, my – I’m in love! I like ankle length skirts, but hadn’t even crossed my mind to make a dress that length!!

  21. narcissaqtpie June 20, 2007 at 22:47 #

    Cute dress, very retro!

  22. Laura June 25, 2007 at 13:07 #

    Wow, I like it very much! I adore the maxi length, I think it suits you.

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