So…I woke up on Good Friday at around 7 am and I thought to myself “I want to make myself an Easter dress”. As I kid I always looked forward to getting a new dress for Easter. However, as an adult, I rarely buy myself a new dress for Easter. This year up until Good Friday I had absolutely no plans of getting a new dress for Easter, but I guess my daughter’s enthusiasm about wearing her new dress made me also want to look cute in something new. 🙂
I wanted to make a cute dress, but I didn’t want to spend a lot of money trying to do so. So I set a $20 budget for making my dress. With my budget in mind, I checked out the Jo-Ann app to see what types of fabrics they were having sales on. I saw that they were having sales on several different types of apparel fabrics, which let me know that I had a good chance of making something for less than $20.
Then, I looked at the coupons on the Jo-Ann App and there was a coupon for 20% off all regular-priced and sale-priced apparel fabric. Plus, there were two coupons for 50% off one regular-priced item. Which was a blessing for me, since my budget was only $20. Now I knew that I would definitely be able to make a dress for $20 or less.
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Now I just needed to settle on a pattern for my dress. I have a lot of different dress patterns. I tend to buy more than I ever have time to sew when they are on sale for $.99 or $1.99. So I pulled out all of my dress patterns and began looking for one with the following qualities:
- Would be easy for me…meaning that every step included in the directions would be something that I already knew how to do.
- Didn’t contain a lining…I knew I wouldn’t have time to basically do every step twice.
- Had only a few pieces
I settled on Simplicity 8415, view B. I choose this dress because it met all my above requirements. Plus, it had long sleeves. I know it’s Spring but, we are still having days where the high temperature is in the 50’s. I wanted a dress with sleeves so I wouldn’t have to worry about wearing a sweater or a jacket over my dress.
After deciding on the pattern, my kiddos and I headed out to Jo-Ann so I could find a fabric for my dress. Plus, my son wanted to look for kite string since he had just finished making a homemade kite.
I initially thought I would pick a solid crepe fabric, maybe in a coral tone. However, once I started browsing the fabric at Jo-Ann I went to the Silky section and there were so many cute floral prints. I settled on a navy stretch crepe with pink flowers. My daughter told me it didn’t look very spring, which is probably true. But I liked this fabric a lot and I thought the darker color would be great because I can also wear it during the fall.
I was able to cut out the pattern and the fabric on Friday. Initially I thought I would even be able to start sewing Friday night, however, I was too tired to start sewing on Friday night.
I started sewing Saturday morning and I was able to insert the zipper, sew the facing, and the front and the back pieces together at the shoulder seams. Then I had to do my mommy duties of the day. Last minute shopping for Easter basket items for my kiddos, cooking, cleaning, baking Easter cookies.
Well, I didn’t get back to sewing my dress in after 9:30 pm after my kiddos were in the bed. At this point, I was a hoping that I could quickly sew my dress before I got tired. So I put on my headphones and started sewing. Music and determination helped me to stay up until 1:30 am until I was finished sewing this dress. 🙂
My Thoughts About Simplicity 8415
I really enjoyed sewing Simplicity 8415. I think it is a pretty easy sew for anyone comfortable sewing sleeves and inserting invisible zippers into garments. Even, if you are not comfortable with these things the more you practice these skills the easier they will become. So I would encourage anyone to try sewing this pattern.
I did have a problem with my facing laying flat in the front center of my dress. So I just edgestiched around the neck area to help the facing lay flat. If I hadn’t been in a rush I would have used a seam ripper to take the facing apart and resewn it to the dress to see if this would have helped the facing to lie flat. However, since I didn’t have a whole lot of time I went with the faster option of edgestitching.
I also felt like my sewing got pretty sloppy after 11 pm. I turned up the speed on my machine to the fastest setting and I was just trying to get finished. When I finally finished at 1:30 am I felt pretty good. However, when I woke up the next morning I was a little scared to look at the dress. I was hoping that I didn’t see that my dress looked a hot mess. Luckily, my tired speed sewing didn’t look bad and the dress actually looked nice.
One of my sleeves is a bit too tight, but I can easily fix this one day. I’ll just take that sleeve apart and resew it with a smaller seam allowance. Because I was rushing, I’m pretty sure I was way over the allowed 5/8 inch seam allowance.
I will definitely make this dress again. The next time I sew it I will definitely take my time. I like knowing that I can finish a dress in a day if I need to, but I don’t want to have to rush sewing another garment anytime soon.
I have to give a shoutout to my favorite little cheerleader, my daughter. I don’t really feel confident modeling my sewing makes, but my daughter helps me out by sitting in the door and yelling “Go Mama Go” and other things to pump me up and to make me smile.