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Pattern Review: Simplicity 3803, Day Gown

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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