Simplicity 3559 – what it’s like to sew it…

5 Feb
  • Pattern/company
  • pattern picture

  • Fabric/trims/notions used
Craft cottons, with plain homespun trims. Matching buttons for the sleeves. No zip (was easy for me to get on without one).
  • Piccie of finished garment (Taken at the  July 2011 Happy Yess Markets)

  • Inspiration (for the garment)
I’ve always loved mod style. My mother bought the green fabric – in the store she got to it just before me. When she hadn’t sewn anything out of it after 3 yrs I tentatively asked her if I could have it. She agreed! YAY!!!
The purple paisley I’d had for ages, bought for a different pattern I’d never sewn up. When the green worked out so well I realised it would work beautifully in the purple. It does!
The really funny thing is the same green worked for trim on both dresses. Sister dresses!
  • Useful info
I found the neckline quite difficult. The green dress is made following the original pattern. At the bottom of the collar/placket bit, there are two square seams. I’m not afraid of square seams! However, it proved almost impossible to get the right amount of trim width to make two square seams so close to each other. I’m not that messy a sewer. It was just … unrealistically hard.
So I sewed down the sides to the base of the placket section, then pressed and pinned the two sides of trim in place and simply top-stitched it all into place. SOOO much easier technically and temperamentally!
For some reason on the purple I just got it wrong, unpicked it, redid it – again wrong, unpicked it, repeat ad nauseum. In the end I totally redid it as a collar/tie affair. The front cut-away for the placket bit was so low that when I changed to the collar/tie, to make the front stop revealing my bra reasonably modest, I set in a square of fashion fabric into the lower bit of it. The fabric is such that it really doesn’t show much, and the attention is drawn to the tie.  The only problem is the collar section folds over scruffily. I suppose ironing it before wearing would fix it, but I  HATE ironing am severely allergic to ironing and come out in all-over hives.
  • Cost
Green fabric – gift from my awesome mum!
Trim – 50cm @ $7 = $3.50
Pattern – totally forgotten, how about $10?
Buttons – $3.50
Purple fabric – 2.2m @ $15pm = $31.50
Trim – stash (well ok, it had been in the stash 3 days after finishing the green dress trim :-P)
Pattern – second time used
Buttons – stash
  • Last word
These dresses are so comfortable, flattering, a great weight to wear in this climate. I grab one out of the wardrobe, put it on and am instantly well-dressed. Doesn’t get much better than that.
Other posts on this pattern
A dress for Happy Yess (Green paisley version)

7 Responses to “Simplicity 3559 – what it’s like to sew it…”

  1. Josie Brady February 6, 2012 at 6:20 am #

    The purple paisley has turned out so well, it is just gorgeous, and looks lovely on you. You must be pleased to have it finished, especially after all the unpicking! Not to say that I don’t like the green dress, I do, but the blue one looks more feminine, perhaps it is the tie collar. I suppose what I am trying to say is the green one looks more business like, it would be great to wear to work, whereas the blue one is more like a special occasion dress. I hope that makes sense.


    • Tropical Threads February 6, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

      Yes, I know what you mean about the differences. I am really pleased that in spite of both dresses being paisley, trimmed with the same colour and made from the same pattern, they are quite different!
      Darwin being Darwin I can wear either dress wherever I like, but I do tend to wear the blue for lunches with friends and the green for more everyday wear 🙂


  2. Josie Brady February 6, 2012 at 6:24 am #

    PS the older version of Simplicity 2927 is very similar to a dress I made when I was 14 or 15. I made it from a cotton fabric that had permanent blisters in it. The fabric was called ‘everglaze’. It had a shiny finish to it.


    • Tropical Threads February 6, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

      How lovely! You’ve mentioned “everglaze” before. I really can’t picture it though! I wonder if it was renamed more recently and is still around?
      What colour was the dress?


  3. Carolyn February 8, 2012 at 12:17 am #

    You’ve gotta love the one-step to being well-dressed that is simply putting on a lovely dress. Well done! They both look so lovely… how nice of your mother to give you such pretty fabric!


    • Tropical Threads February 8, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

      Thankyou! Yes to one-step dressing well! Nice dress, nice shoes, nice handbag, nice hairclasp and I’m ready!

      Yes, my mother is pretty awesome 🙂


  4. Carolyn February 12, 2012 at 4:13 pm #

    Thank you for your comment on my blouse! and yes, the sleeves are very comfortable as the fabric is so soft and light, and the armscye is a normal shaped one…


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