Simplicity 1803 - Finished

I am so pleased that I stuck with Simplicity 1803 and finished it in time for the wedding last weekend! It's not that this was a difficult project at all, it's just that I procrastinated and didn't use my time well. That meant that I was sewing the hem and attaching the trim on Friday at our daughter's place in Chicago before we drove up to Delafield, WI on Sat for the wedding that afternoon.
Making the 3 muslins to fine tune the bodice paid off, as I think the fit was spot on.
I am also pleased that I changed the waist gathers to pleats, both front and back.

Pardon the wrinkles in back, this was taken after the ceremony and before the reception. One thing I really liked about this pattern was the scooped neckline in back.

The pattern called for bodice facings (really?!), but I wanted this dress to be fully lined. 
I went ahead and sewed the waist gathers in the lining, pressing them flat to avoid bulk.

Love the clean finish at the invisible zipper!

Adding the trim, sewn on by hand with invisible thread, and the rhinestone button gave this dress a somewhat '"retro" feel:

I think my husband and I made a cute couple!

Here's the dress in action on the dance floor:

I'll be making this one again in cotton for summer!


  1. that is such a pretty dress!! I love the classic look, and you looked beautiful in it!

    1. Thanks, Julie! It was a pretty bright color, but great for a summer event :-)

  2. The dress came out great-it's a good color on you. The "belt"/waist trim was just the right amount of bling!

    1. Thanks, Karen! I agree, the trim served the purpose well, and was just what this dress needed :-)

  3. Great looking dress, pretty trim. I do agree you and your husband are a very cute couple.

  4. Oh, that color is gorgeous on you! Such a beautiful dress, Patty. I agree with you about the lining. Hey! We have a daughter in Chicago, too!


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