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Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Old Time is still a-flying

Pretentious post title? Check.

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I didn’t want to bring Robert Herrick into it, but considering the dress and the date, I couldn’t resist. Herrick’s “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time” undeniably has some creepy overtones. Yet the poem calls for a more deliberate enjoyment of fleeting moments, a perspective which is very relevant in this last week of August. Blooms, summers and lives all end. I’m beginning another busy semester of teaching, research and writing, and while that is exciting, I will miss mellow summer days.

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Summer flowers may have an expiration date; the flowers on this dress do not. I adore the bold red flowers on this fabric, perhaps in part because I rarely go this bold with my clothing. The dress is made from stretch cotton from G Street Fabrics. The fabric is relatively heavy and not very drapey, so the finished result is more structural, especially in the bodice. I used Simplicity 1460 for the pattern (which I have made previously here). I used a lightweight, solid shirting for the blouse last time, and the pattern works well with both. Design features like the double darts are more subtle with the crazy flowers in this version.

I am super impressed with the versatility of Simplicity 1460. This dress has the same sleeve and neckline options as I used before but turned out as a very different garment. There are still other sleeve and neckline variations to the pattern which I might experiment with at some point.

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The blouse pattern was very simple to convert into a dress pattern: I just extended the length of the peplum to 24 inches. The resulting skirt is pleasantly full without being heavy or overwhelming. Who wants to haul around a huge skirt that gets in the way? Not Me. My preference for skirts is based primarily on the fact that they are not trousers, so comfort and ease of movement are rather important to me. This dress would look cute in a shorter length as well, but the large scale fabric pattern demands a knee-length skirt (the flowers look huge and ridiculous with a shorter length).

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After a few wears, it became apparent that I should have shortened the waist by an inch as it currently hits enough below my natural waist to be annoying. Since tearing the whole thing apart to fix this currently holds zero interest for me, the dress will be staying as is for the time being. Wearing a belt does help, and it makes for cheerful, comfy, and office appropriate summer wear. I have more completed summer projects to blog, but I’m starting to get the itch for cozy fall clothing. Cool weather can’t come soon enough!

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About autumnyarn

I am a graduate student who sews and knits to satisfy the creative urge, makes clothing to keep the creativity useful, and writes about it to de-stress.

6 responses »

  1. warmspringrain

    Ahhhh!!!! I love this dress!!! It is so gorgeous on you!!! All of the exclamation points are totally necessary because oh my god, seriously!

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  2. Always love your makes! This looks beautiful on you. Jen

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  3. Thank you! This was one of those rare occasions when I saw a fabric, immediately fell in love, and knew exactly what it would be.

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  4. Strange thing, but I was looking for pictures of Simplicity 1590, and saw yours in a google search and for a moment I thought it was me! Then I remembered that I haven’t actually sewn that blouse yet so it couldn’t possibly be me! And I saw that your hair is straight. But something in you face and the way you hold yourself, your skin and the shape of your limbs even, is so much like I’ve seen of me in photos.
    See what I mean? Strange!
    I’m curious, of course, about your heritage/ancestry. I’m pretty ordinary English and Irish decent.

    Anyhow, I love the things you’re sewing, they’re beautiful. And the scalloped neckline on one of your Simplicity 1590 blouses has convinced me I should do the same when I make my version of it 🙂

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    • Thank you! I would definitely recommend the scalloped neckline – it is so pretty and really quite elegantly simple. The scalloped neckline actually comes from the Simplicity pattern 1460, which I found to be a cleaner pattern overall to the 1590.
      As for heritage/ancestry, I’m a map of the UK with some Austrian thrown in for variety!
      Keep up the good work with all your sewing adventures!

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