Jun. 2011 22

Simplicity 2196

I give in. Patterns are way faster than draping. I always felt like I would be considered less talented if I used patterns since the piece wouldn’t be 100% my creation; like using patterns is considered cheating or something. But I’ve come to grips with the fact that not everything has to be from scratch, and that’s OK. So I’ve given in to making somethings with patterns. I’ll still be draping from time-to-time, but using the aid of patterns is here to stay.

So on with it. I got this pattern for $1 on sale at Joann’s. It’s super cute, but I did have to make some adjustments. I added about 2″ to the bust, I made the straps twice as thick, and I used an invisible zipper vice a normal one. I have to say if I were to make this one again, I probably wouldn’t put the tie on it. It’s really bulky and kinda unnecessary. But all and all, it turned out way cute. I used fabric Vlad’s mom had brought me make from Ghana. It’s just such a happy print, it always makes me smile. I also used a Living Social Deal to get $50 worth of stuff from G Street Fabrics for $25. In this I bought the invisible zipper, so it really ended up costing me about $1.50. So as a grand total, including the pattern, I spent $2.50 on this dress. Now that is a good deal.

And on a side note: I will never make that jacket thing…not cute…

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