Simplicity 3678

This is the 4th time I've used this pattern, Simplicity 3678, so I guess now it's become a TNT (tried and true!) for me. This time I made View A, using an ITY knit from Gorgeous Fabrics (I think it is sold out tho). This is another in what has become a 'theme' for me this summer of yellow, black and gray. I just *had* to have this print when Ann posted it in her online store, and I'm happy I went for it!

There was a time when I could sew a pattern up without alterations, right out of the pattern envelope. But things have certainly changed with middle-age (sigh!), and it sure took me awhile to realize that making the necessary alterations isn't really difficult. It seems that I almost always need to add length to the bodice, an FBA, and raise the neckline. And I could be 3 different pattern sizes from shoulder to hem! It's rewarding to know that all of this isn't daunting anymore, and that has made my sewing more fun. I don't enjoy shopping for RTW any more, when I can make better-fitting garments myself. And when sewing for my daughters, I know now what little tweaks I can make to the pattern to improve the fit in their garments too. Did I mention that I've been sewing since I was a teenager?! Just took me awhile, I guess. I'll have to say that the online sewing community has exposed me to a wealth of information, and when I see what other home sewists are doing it motivates me to try too! And I must add that I don't always get it right, and have my share of 'wadders' don't want to ask about those yellow skinny cigarette slacks I made a month or so ago. Epic fail.

(I had to grab my husband and photographer between dental patients to snap a pic):

My daughters and I joke that wearing these knit dresses feel like wearing your pajamas to comfy! And I can see this one with a black cardi, tights, and boots this winter.

What's next? A summer dress yet for each of my daughters, and then I think I may be transitioning to fall/winter garments. I don't sew with any plan, I just go with the flow of whatever appeals to me at that moment. Stay tuned!


  1. Sharp! I really like this bodice.

  2. Dresses that are great-looking AND comfortable? I'm all for that!

  3. Super cute dress, you look great. Tights and boots would be perfect with it. Speaking of dental offices, heading to an oral surgeon today!

  4. Don't you love a TNT? I can see why you like it's flattering and versatile. Looks great on you.

  5. Great looking dress!!!! Sometimes you just have to stick with TNT, especially when it is a great fitting and very flattering dress.

  6. Very pretty dress. Love those colors. And your big, chunky necklace is perfect with it. Fall--bring it on! I am ready.


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