Simplicity 1252: A Simple Dress

I’m excited to write about the 3rd dress that I’ve sewn for myself. I had dreams of sewing dresses for myself for years so it feels really good to finally be able to do it. For this dress, I used the Simplicity 1252 pattern. I choose to make this dress using black denim fabric that I found at JoAnn. I really liked this fabric a lot because of the of the damask print that is on the black denim. I also liked that it is a heavy weight denim because I plan on wearing this dress mostly when the weather is cooler outside.

Simplicity 1252 is a Jiffy pattern, meaning you should be able to make it in a jiffy…lol. There were two main pattern pieces and a total of 4 pattern pieces to make the entire dress. So there wasn’t a lot to mess up, but I still managed to make a mistake while sewing this dress. I accidently twisted the shoulder strap when I pulled the facing through the shoulder straps to get the dress on the right side. This may sound like gibberish if you don’t sew. However, it basically means that my shoulder strap was sewn in a twisted manner and it wouldn’t lay flat. So I had to unstitch my shoulder strap and untwist the fabric then I sewed it again and the problem was fixed.

Simplicity 1252

Like I said earlier this is the 3rd dress that I’ve sewn and I’m starting to notice that I need to work on the fit of my dresses. So I’ve been researching more about fitting patterns and what I’ve learned so far is that I should be making a smaller size. I made this dress using a size 10 (pattern sizes are drastically different from ready to wear sizes). A size 10 in a pattern is for a 32 1/2 inch bust and 25 inch waist measurement, which is closest to my measurements.

Simplicity 1252

However, my dresses always come out a little too big. But I’ve learned that some people think it’s best to use a high bust measurement to determine your pattern size. To find your high bust measurment you place the measuring tape below your shoulder blades. Then bring the measuring tape around to the front of your chest but above your breasts. My high bust measurement is 30 inches. So my pattern size would be a size 6 according to this method. Next time I make a dress or a shirt I will try making a size 6. Hopefully, a size 6 will give me a better fit.

Simplicity 1252

Overall, this was a very easy dress to make. Any beginner would easily be able to make this dress. If you are not familiar with sewing a facing into a dress. There are some great YouTube videos that can help you see how to properly do it. Ther are also great videos for sewing zippers too.

Simplicity 1252

I would definitely make make pattern again, because it’s easy to make and I think it looks cute.


  • Reply Mary February 14, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    Ooh La La don’t you look Stunning Mrs. Kendall! Congratulation on sewing your 3rd dress, you look fabulous in it. You are getting good at problem-solving while sewing, which is half the battle when doing anything crafty.

  • Reply Tamara February 15, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    It’s really stunning. I think it’s simple but really flattering. LOVE IT. I bet you get compliments wherever you go and you can say, “Well, I made this dress!”
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    • Reply Sonya February 23, 2017 at 4:07 am

      Thanks Tamara! I actually haven’t worn it out yet, but I plan on wearing it to church this Sunday. 🙂

  • Reply Akaleistar February 15, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    Your dress is so pretty! One of my goals for the year is to do more sewing 🙂

    • Reply Sonya February 23, 2017 at 4:06 am

      Thanks! I hope you get a chance to sew more this year 🙂

  • Reply Dean February 17, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    WOW!! You’re doing amazing, Sonya!! Seriously, I would love to have your skills. I’d be a dress-making fool over here, if I could. 🙂

    • Reply Sonya February 23, 2017 at 3:53 am

      Thanks Dean!

  • Reply Antionette February 17, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    I have been following your pictures of you and your daughter and you are really doing a great job and you skills are getting super!! #ProductReviewParty
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    • Reply Sonya February 23, 2017 at 3:46 am

      Thanks Antionette, I’m enjoying the process of learning and getting better.

  • Reply SuziesView February 17, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    Wow girl. You do such a fantastic job and I love love love that dress. You look like a model in these awesome pictures. #productreviewparty

    • Reply Sonya February 23, 2017 at 3:40 am

      Thanks Suzie!!!

  • Reply Drea February 18, 2017 at 5:44 am

    Sonya! You are doing so well with your sewing plans. This dress
    looks great. I love the pattern on the dress. And I will admit I had to read slowly when you were explaining how you untwisted the strap lol. Great job, lady!

    • Reply Sonya February 23, 2017 at 3:39 am

      Thanks Drea! I want to make another dress using this pattern. I’m thinking that I will wait until fall and find a cute plaid fabric.

  • Reply Stacie February 18, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    Great job Sonya! I like a simple black dress like this. You can wear it almost anywhere.
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    • Reply Sonya February 23, 2017 at 3:36 am

      Thanks Stacie!

  • Reply Erika February 19, 2017 at 1:12 am

    Another lovely piece Sonya! Sharing! #ProductReviewParty
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    • Reply Sonya February 23, 2017 at 3:33 am

      Thanks Erika!

  • Reply Keisha February 20, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Wonderful work on this dress! You make me want to purchase a machine and some patterns.

    • Reply Sonya February 23, 2017 at 3:29 am

      Thanks Keisha! Learning is not as hard as I thought it would be. I actually wish I had learned a lot sooner.

  • Reply NERLINE GERNAIN February 21, 2017 at 1:54 am

    I definitely love the pattern you used for the dress. You did a great job and you look beautiful in black.
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    • Reply Sonya February 23, 2017 at 3:25 am

      Thanks! I really love that black fabric I plan on making a dress for my daughter using that fabric too.

  • Reply Lou February 23, 2017 at 2:39 am

    I like the fit of the dress on you. I don’t like a dress that is skin tight showing all my lumps and bumps, LOL!!! Wonderful work girl!
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    • Reply Sonya February 23, 2017 at 3:15 am

      Thanks Lou!!! And I understand what you mean. I don’t like skin tight either I don’t need people to think I have a baby bump…lol.

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