Monday, September 13, 2010

Client Work Complete! --------Simplity 3877

 On Sunday morning I finally  finished the dress I've been sewing for a client/ dear friend for the last few weeks. To see more complete details about the dress and what sparked the whole idea please visit my original post HERE. I'm delighted to be done and to have given my client a dress that she's absolutely happy with. I love the way this dress turned out as well. The style and color suits my client very well. As I've mentioned before, I absolutely love to sew for others. To a great extent it makes me a tad bit crazy and anal---mainly because I want to deliver a garment that my client can be proud to wear and is a good reflection of my passion for sewing.   At her request I'm blocking out her ideas to conceal her identity.  I indeed enjoyed working with her.  She was easy to please and appreciated my input and professional opinion.  Trust me, when working with a client these are two attributes you come to appreciate. She's equally as beautiful on the inside as well as the outside. As a whole, this experience was a great one from start to finish and couldn't have gone smoother.  Here are the details......

Simplicity 3877

(BTW, please, please, please excuse the wrinkles (I HATE wrinkles), the person that delivered the dress accidentally crumpled it up after I'd pressed it. The fabric is a cotton sateen, and as we all know, most cottons are extremely prone to wrinkling).

Pattern Description:
Dress with mock wrap bodice and skirt with godets.

Pattern Sizing:
I used the size 12 for my client.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Very much so.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The pattern was well drafted. There was really nothing not to like. However, the neckline facing (nearest to the collar) was a little questionable. I've never seen such a facing. The more I sew, the more I'm beginning to dislike facings all together.

Fabric Used:
I used a turquoise stretch sateen. The pattern uses between 5-6 yards of fabric. That's alot of fabric!!! The weight of the stretch sateen made it a little heavier that I expected (not uncomfortably so)---- but I can see why the fabric suggestions are for lightweight fabrics. The inspiration dress that we saw in the Metro magazine (see the original post) used stretch sateen so I decided to go with that fabric to mimic that dress.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
 My Client didn't like the tabbed sleeves, so I got rid of the tab and extended the sleeve a little so she would have a 3/4" sleeve that she could roll up or leave straight. I also used an invisible zipper.

(This is the back view. Again, excuse the unintended wrinkles)

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I've already made View D for myself this year (it was my Mother's Day Dress) and attempted to make View C, but picked a fabric that was too lightweight.  I think I might tackle this project in the near future provided I find the perfect fabric for it.

This is a great dress!!!! The style and color are extremely flattering on my client!!! It's no surprise that this pattern has received rave reviews!!! I definitely recommend that if the style suits you, you should give it a try (wink)!


  1. Wow! It looks terrific!! I can't believe how many yards of fabric it takes. And I hate facings too :-)

  2. Extremely nice work. Your clients looks so pleased.

  3. Beautiful!! I'm sure it feels good to have finished it, and with such success!

  4. What a beautiful dress for your client! I love how it fits and looks. The color choice is great, too! I like the classic design of this dress.

    Woo hoo!

  5. It's so beautiful! Great job!!!!

  6. Gorgeous dress.


  7. Your client looks fantastic! You did a great job.

  8. She looks great in that gorgeous dress, well done once again!

  9. Very pretty! I try hard to find cloth that does not wrinkle as I hate to iron.

  10. what a beautiful dress! I love sewing for other's too :)

  11. Very Very nice work! Beautiful dress! You are so skilled!

  12. Lovely dress and it looks great on your client.

  13. It takes quite some devotion to put ~3 hours into sewing every day. In your case, the devotion is really showing in your work. The clothes look great! I look forward to seeing your next completed challenge.

    Way to go on starting something and sticking with it!

  14. Beautiful dress and a very skilful piece of work - no wonder your client is delighted, she looks wonderful in it. Your work must be very much in demand!

  15. Beautiful dress! I'm sure she was very satisfied.

  16. You made a lovely dress for her! But I have to give it to you...I tried sewing for others back when my kids were small and I HATED it! So it's pretty awesome that you are happy to do this for others!

  17. Victoria, the dress turned out beautiful! I love he fit, but 5-6 yards of fabric, wow!!! It looks really good on your client and that's what makes it all worthwhile, doesn't it?? Great job!!

  18. That's an awesome dress, I love this style (in fact I've made a very similar one from Burdastyle last year!). Well done Victoria!


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