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Simplicity 4020 + Black Linen Dress (Japanese Pattern Book)

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I’ve gotta step it up, I’m a blog slacker. I don’t know how crafty people with children maintain such cool and interesting blogs! I can hardly find time to bathe myself, let alone take care of Anya and Zella, eat my meal-a-day, clean up after myself (okay, I don’t actually do this) , and compose blog entries that are worthy of a read. I’ll have to try harder.

Last week I decided to take time out from my busy schedule of diapers and drool to make some things for *me*. I’ve been wanting to sew Simplicity 4020 for a long time. It just looks like something I could get a lot of wear out of, especially the sleeveless version.

I was also inspired by the many positive reviews at patternreview.

I found this pattern easy to follow and fairly quick to sew. Best of all, I’m thrilled with how it fits and how it looks. It’s flattering and stylish, but not over-styled. The pleats on the front are so cute, and the collar is pretty interesting.

white knit top with green circle swirls

I have to say that the next time I sew it (and there will definitely be a “next time”) I will leave off the Spock-lookin’ sleeve thingys. But they don’t bother me enough to take them off of this version. Also, the facing at the neck is somewhat wide – at over 1″, even with topstitching it tends to need adjusting to keep it hidden after I put it on. I’m not sure if I was supposed to stitch it down farther away from the collar edge, or what. After I topstitched the collar close to the edge it got slightly stiff and wavy, so I’m thinking I should have not topstitched at all, or topstitched about an inch or so away from the edge.

Next, I decided to try a little something from one of my newest Japanese pattern books called “Sewing Talk.” The styles in this book are simple and beautiful. I made a black linen dress with elasticized neck and sleeves, and with the time taken to trace the pattern onto pattern paper, cut the fabric, and do everything else, I probably spent 3 hours on it. There were no darts or closures of any sort, so it was easy. I love how it turned out, and so does my husband. I am pretty sure my mom thinks its weird, but so is she. Ya hear that, wench?

And now for some fuzzy modeling action. My 4 year old was photographing, but I actually think she did a great job.

I’m totally not photogenic (is that UN-photogenic or NON-photogenic?), so I’m happy that my face is out of focus. Don’t I look mad in the second one?

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June 24, 2007 at 2:37 am