Dress #1 - The Hannah Montana Dress
My daughter loves this dress. That's amazing because I had to talk her into the pattern! As I've said before, she's really picky and when she says she doesn't like any of the new patterns in the patterns books, you know I'm not lying. How can you not like some of those cute dresses for someone her age? I don't know, but I did get her to finally agree on this one. It is Simplicity 3589, and is now know in our house as "the Hannah Montana dress". While you might not wear all the pieces styled as shown on the envelope, you do have to admit, that overall, this isn't a bad pattern and there's a lot of potential here.
This is another easy garment to make, and I only made one change. I used the sleeves from the long sleeved version to make short sleeves for the dress. She didn't want the cap sleeves, nor did she want long sleeves, so it was easy enough to make a short sleeve from a long sleeve.
I'd like to show you the inside of the front, because this dress has a great detail that I've not seen in other dresses. That contrast inset in the front is not just a triangle of fabric stitched in place. That piece extends all the way across the front of the dress, and is included in the armhole and side seams. To keep it in place, ribbon or twill tape or binding is attached at the shoulder seam and to the top of the inset. Isn't that neat? It keeps the piece in place without a lot of extra stitching, yet allows the dress to look as if it had a camisole underneath.
Parting Shot: Biking. Off my son goes, to enjoy one of the pleasures of summer: bike riding!