Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Sewing Update: Simplicity 3723

The mock up for the Simplicity 3723 gown is nearly done. It still needs a few things done. It was wonderful practice for the real thing! I am glad I did a mock up first as there were a lot of issues I had to sort out.

It still needs to be shortened, and one of the sleeves and collar aren't fixed. It's held together in the back with pegs. :P I need to practice zipper and buttonholes! I am not sure how much more I will do on this one as it was just for practice and isn't good enough to wear out.

Some things I learned (this is not a comprehensive guide to sewing advice, there are some much better ones out there!)

  • Use pattern weights while laying out. The pattern keeps shifting, especially when your table is as small as mine. I don't have pattern weights, but things like brass candlesticks and metal coffee cups work well.

  • Definitely do a mock up- you really don't want to waste your good fabric!  You can't see but the material is inside out on the back of the dress! :P It doesn't matter as it's a draft! There were a lot of other things I learned as I went along, so the dress is far from perfect. But I am very proud of myself!

  • Be patient!  I made six different sleeves. They still need a bit of work. The sleeve in the pattern is too voluminous for me but making my own pattern just messes it up. But I think I worked out how to fix it. 

  • When you get too stressed leave it for tomorrow. I made this dress over a few days, only doing as much as I felt capable of at one time. There was a lot for me to learn and work out, so I didn't push myself too hard. I want sewing to stay fun!

  • Someone said in sewing advice I read recently that you should own at least two seam rippers, because they are tiny and easy to lose. That is so true! I spend so much time looking for mine. Although if I had two, I'd probably lose both of them. I tried putting a chain on mine but it made it much too bulky to handle!


  1. I think the smartest piece of advice you give is leaving it for tomorrow when things aren't working right. Many times I would try to carry on after making big mistakes, and then it only seems to get worse! Everything always seems to sort itself out after a good night's sleep.

    However, a person probably shouldn't leave it longer than a day or two, because then it will often end up in the “Unfinished Projects” box - often for years and years and years! ;o)

  2. Wow, what a gorgeous design!