Spring for Cotton Dress

Spring for Cotton - dress from vintage Simplicity 2439 - csews.com


I finally finished my Spring for Cotton dress! And just under the wire, too. Today, April 30, is the deadline day to post photos. I couldn’t take photos until I got home from work today. Yep – rushed home, changed into the dress, traipsed a couple blocks to my location, set up my tripod and took these photos. This dress is made out of 100 percent cotton – lining and fashion fabric.

Spring for Cotton - dress from vintage Simplicity 2439 - csews.com

As you can see, the sun is a bit harsh around 6 pm in California – thus the major shadows. I really didn’t have time to edit the photos so what you see below is just what I selected in a hurry. I’ll go back over my photos over the weekend and either add more or replace some of these with other versions.

Spring for Cotton dress - vintage Simplicity 2439 - csews.com

And here’s the back view – as you can see, the back neckline scoops lower than the front. Luckily I noticed on my muslin that I had a bit of a gaping issue but I fixed it. I’ll post construction details later! [Update (3 May 2015): I replaced the earlier photo. This is a better view of the back.]

Spring for cotton - vintage Simplicity 2439 - csews.com

UPDATE (3 May 2015): Here’s another photo of the dress. This photos shows how well the bodice fits. Unfortunately, the belt is sticking out a bit. I forgot to make the fabric loop to keep it in place. I finished the belt the night before I took the photos. But I made a loop the day after my photo shoot – just in time to wear it to work and then to a jazz concert that evening – Esperanza Spaulding at the San Francisco Jazz Center.

Spring for Cotton - vintage Simplicity dress 2439 - csews.com

A few construction notes: Top is lined, skirt front is underlined because of the pleats in front, back skirt is lined. I thought the combination of the eyelet fabric and the lining would be too thick to sew the darts together so I did them separately. There are four darts in the back of the skirt, two darts in the back bodice and four darts in the front bodice (two side and two front darts). And there are six pleats in front!

I made the belt last night using the same fabric as my lining.

I’ll post construction photos in a separate post. Thanks for visiting!

UPDATE, 6 May: My post on My Spring for Cotton Dress – Construction Details.

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Author: Chuleenan

Chuleenan sews, collects hats and shoes, and is a fabric addict. She is also the organizer for the Bay Area Sewists Meetup group.

13 thoughts on “Spring for Cotton Dress”

  1. I just saw this one and I really like this dress. The color and the way it fits you too! BTW, how was the concert!? I am in NY, Upstate, about 2 1/2 hours from Manhattan, but used to live downstate (as it is called up here!) Annette

    1. Thank you, Annette! The concert was great. Esperanza Spaulding is quite an entertainer as well as a consummate musician.

      I used to live in Upstate NY, too – about 4 1/2 hours from Manhattan though.

  2. Hello Chuleenan,

    Your dress is fabulous – such a gorgeous shade of blue, and a lovely fit on you. I love the contrast with the strong pink belt and shoes.

    Well done with the photos too! Evening sunlight might give strong shadows, but somehow the colours are richer.

    Love form England,

    1. Thanks so much for your comments, Muv! I really love this blue as well. Bright colors say “spring” to me. I made a few pattern adjustments to get the fit right, which I’ll write about soon. The blue eyelet fabric is lined with the same bright pink fabric of the belt. Glad you like the photos – last night, all I had time to do was crop them. 😉

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