A very fruity dress

A very fruity dress

My husband recently asked me (after I made another Scout) why I keep making the same patterns over and over again.  He pointed out that I wouldn't have bought the same shirt in multiple fabrics before I started sewing (he's wrong, but point taken).

I think there's a big difference there, though.  With sewing patterns, you can use the same basic pattern as a foundation for a lot of different looks.  With Scout, I can crop it, add a full back, add cutouts, make a split hem, etc.  With Archer, I can make it sleeveless, change up the collar, change the pockets, make it a popover.  The best patterns are really a basic building block for many different looks.  Not to mention, once I've fit a sewing pattern, all the hard work is done!

Simplicity 1873

Simplicity 1873 is one of those patterns for me.  I've made it in with the puff sleeves in linen, quilting cotton, and even silk for a formal dress.  Sleeveless in double gauze and a coral eyelet (not blogged).  Used just the skirt portion for a two piece set.  There may be more that I'm forgetting.  But let's call this one #7, even if it was technically made before a couple of those that have already made it to the blog.

Simplicity 1873

That fabric is, say it with me, Nani Iro from Miss Matatabi.  Hey, when something works, I keep doing it.  This is NOT double gauze though!  It's a brushed cotton twill from the 2014 A/W line.  Because the fabric was a little thicker, I elected not to line the bodice.  I used self bias tape to finish the neck and armholes.

Simplicity 1873

At this point, this is a well worn and well loved dress.  I love the saturated blue background and the bright red fruits.  It really is one of my favorite fabrics ever!

Simplicity 1873

Pattern:  Simplicity 1873
Fabric:  Nani Iro Fruity Pocho
Changes:  didn't line bodice

Simplicity 1873

Do you constantly try new patterns or do you make the same ones over and over?

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